Reid's biographical debut ventures into the beating heart of the Harlem Renaissance.
What a valentine it is: With compelling apt photos, an extensive bibliography, and reference list and deeply researched, well-organized chapters he (Grant) does his grandfather justice.
Foreword / Clarion Reviews
Reid's approach is more, expository than narrative. But his frank and colloquial descriptions of people add a sense of character. Harlem Renaissance enthusiasts will savor the names, places, shows, and feel of the era.
The Network Journal Black Professionals & Small Business News
Tracing Harper's productions, particularly his association with the fabled Connie's Inn and the Apollo Theater, is to experience not only the history of these famous venues but to journey on much of Harlem's legendary past.
Afro-American Literature Book Club
While other history books merely stick to the surface by focusing just on the singing and dancing, here we have a sobering exploration which examines their feeling about racism.
Chanticleer Best Book 2015 Grand Prize Award Winner
The well-documented facts and events often tap dance across the page with a fury, perhaps suggestive of the pace at which Leonard Harper worked his craft. Highly recommended.
IndieReader FIVE STARS
Reid does not tiptoe within the restrictions of political correctness. But instead he uses contemporaneous terms such as "coon" and "pickaninny" when appropriate. Writing exuberantly, Reid transforms a well, researched biography into a richly tonal fable with emotive observances...
Readers Favorite International Reviews 5-Star
This book is a fascinating look at the dazzling Harlem Renaissance that was the backdrop to the life of his grandfather Leonard Harper. Those wanting to learn about, this wonderful era of dance and theater history will realize they have a marvelous find.