• by Margo Jefferson
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac - here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of Margo Jefferson's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.
Born in upper-crust black Chicago - her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nation's oldest black hospital; her mother was a socialite - Margo Jefferson has spent most of her life among (call them what you will) the colored aristocracy, the colored elite, the blue-vein society. Since the 19th century, they have stood apart, these inhabitants of Negroland, "a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty". Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments - the Civil Rights Movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of postracial America - Margo Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heart-wrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance.


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liked the memoir needed the dictionary handy

I consider myself in between the "hood" and negroland. I am a Black woman fair complexion but with unmistakable black features (long but not "good" hair, thin lips but broad nose... ). I am masters level educated yet I my friends and family are largely high school educated and have no "professiinal connections; nor have they been groomed by parents in social graces.
I am a professional yet I still maintain work (part time) in a field I trained into from the military more than 25 years ago.

I found it difficult to stay interested in this story as written and as narrated. I wondered if the audience for this book was for high brow intellectual who could easily navigate without having to seek intent and understanding of vocabulary. quite often. this was a group choice of which I am the only one of 12 to finish the entire read (including some )
however, I have always been interested in class issues within groups; especially African Americans.. this memoir provided another unique view from a member of the "upper" class Black folks. I did find her thoughts, recollections and insights. very insightful.
as for the narrator, I love her acting but for t h is book I did I'd not like the fit. purely a personal preference as others had no problem with it.
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- chantelle


The book provides an insightful perspective to the historical aspects of African American elite . it also speaks to the duality of being African-American and woman in America.
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- Deidre Jackson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.