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Author Grant Harper Reid delivers a spellbinding homage to childhood, self-discovery and New York with Harlem Bible: In The Beginning. This immersive memoir navigates the author's unpredictable life and immediate circles of personal connection, as well as the vibrantly evolving landscape of Harlem through the middle of the 20th century. Distilling the grace of jazz and hard edges of life, while effortlessly transporting readers to a different time, Reid peels back layers of memory with artful and brutally honest precision.
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Book Review of: Harlem Bible-In The Beginning Review Rating: FIVE- STARS
In the spirit of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, Grant Harper Reid's Harlem Bible: In the Beginning is a memorable offering that helps readers rediscover the soul and spirit of Black culture in Harlem. In this spellbinding autobiography, the author relives wonderful and touching memories of his childhood, growing up as a black man in Harlem. The author explores the dreams of black families, poised for the revolution - perhaps gentle like the wind - that was a promise of an upward movement in the American economic status. Readers are introduced to the shift in culture, thanks to the advent of gentrified folk. But what was Harlem like among the black community? This book answers that question and offers more.
Harlem Bible: In the Beginning is a wonderful book, a well-crafted memoir that explores the dynamics of black culture in Harlem and redefines the very soul and spirit of the "black man" within a well defined historical context. The writing is beautiful, laced with arresting images and, I must say, Grant Harper Reid has a phraseology that gives a unique signature to his writings. The language is fluid and laced with humor and symbolism. For instance, just a few lines into the narrative, he describes his usual visits, accompanied by his dad, to the house of a wealthy man: "Whenever my dad and I went to visit Mr. Llewellyn, he'd be either wearing a smoking jacket or a bathrobe on his balcony deck. If that wasn't dressing for success, I don't know what is." The readers find themselves smiling quite often as they read through the gripping and enjoyable narrative, the culture and social commentaries opening a whole world for the reader to navigate.
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The book (Harlem Bible) is full of days gone by and once familiar names such as the late, great, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Both of Grant's books vividly portray a bygone era. They the Harlem Bible & Rhythm For Sale both capture the imagination and take the reader back to a time that the young don't know about and the elders have forgotten. They are perfect reading materials on a rainy day or while relaxing on a sunny day in the park. Either way, once you pick them up you won't want to put them down until the very last page. Thank you, Grant