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Negroland (MP3)
Written by:
Margo Jefferson 
Read by:
Robin Miles 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
7 hours 59 minutes 
MP3 size:
330 MB 
February 28 2019 
Available Date:
February 28 2019 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Historical; Memoirs; Political; Politics & Current Affairs 
Bolinda audio 
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NZD$ 44.95
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New York Times bestseller

A deeply felt meditation on race, sex and American culture – at once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac.

The daughter of a successful paediatrician and a fashionable socialite, Margo Jefferson spent her childhood among Chicago's black elite. She calls this society 'Negroland': 'a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty'. With privilege came expectation. Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments – the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America – Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions.

'A personal memoir with profound political resonance, Negroland is an illuminating exploration of the racial politics of culture and class.'
The Irish Times

'Jefferson writes with piercing clarity of a childhood which was full of love and opportunity at home, but also saturated by contradictions, confusions and a racism which corrodes, like rust, to the heart's core.'
The Observer

'Negroland is a sharp-eyed cultural commentary on an era of America that has often been too simply told.'
The Guardian

'A fascinating account of the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic's upbringing among Chicago's black elite community. It's an intriguing look at the way race and class interplay in the United States ... It's sharp, thoughtful stuff, unafraid and honest, making Negroland an important as well as an engrossing read.'
The Big Issue

'A candid memoir about 'race' in America that zooms into sharp focus right now and makes you question everything, even the too easy term 'race in America'. The book rings and chimes and finds strength in contradiction.'
The Herald

'[A] meditation on race, sex, class and American culture, told through the prism of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's memoir of her rarefied upbringing and education as the daughter of a successful paediatrician.'
The Bookseller