Bookmarks: Reading in Black and White: A Memoir

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In BookMarks, Karla FC Holloway explores the public side of reading, and specifically how books and booklists form a public image of African Americans. Revealing her own love of books and her quirky passion for their locations in libraries and on bookshelves, she takes us on a personal and candid journey through children's reading rooms, prison libraries, and "Negro" libraries of the early twentieth century. Holloway also calls our attention to a remarkable trend among many prominent African American ...
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Overview

In BookMarks, Karla FC Holloway explores the public side of reading, and specifically how books and booklists form a public image of African Americans. Revealing her own love of books and her quirky passion for their locations in libraries and on bookshelves, she takes us on a personal and candid journey through children's reading rooms, prison libraries, and "Negro" libraries of the early twentieth century. Holloway also calls our attention to a remarkable trend among many prominent African American writers—including Maya Angelou, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry Louis Gates, Malcolm X, and Zora Neale Hurston. Their autobiographies and memoirs are consistently marked with booklists—records of their own habits of reading. She examines these lists, along with the trends of selection in Oprah Winfrey's popular book club, raising the questions: What does it mean for prominent African Americans to associate themselves with European learning and culture? How do books by black authors fare in the inevitable hierarchy of a booklist? This compelling rumination on reading will urge you to reflect upon your own reading habits, what books are important to you, and why.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813539072
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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