My Soul Looks Back

My Soul Looks Back

A Memoir

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Baker & Taylor
The award-winning writer describes what it was like growing up and hanging out with other members of the Black Intelligentsia in 1970s New York City, including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison and their ongoing friendships.

Baker
& Taylor

The author describes her life in 1970s New York as part of the Black intelligentsia, including listening to James Baldwin's early drafts of his work, cooking with Maya Angelou, and a chance encounter with Nina Simone.

Simon and Schuster
In this captivating new memoir, award-winning writer Jessica B. Harris recalls a lost era—the vibrant New York City of her youth, where her social circle included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and other members of the Black intelligentsia.

In the Technicolor glow of the early seventies, Jessica B. Harris debated, celebrated, and danced her way from the jazz clubs of the Manhattan's West Side to the restaurants of the Village, living out her buoyant youth alongside the great minds of the day—luminaries like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. My Soul Looks Back is her paean to that fascinating social circle and the depth of their shared commitment to activism, intellectual engagement, and each other.

Harris paints evocative portraits of her illustrious friends: Baldwin as he read aloud an early draft of If Beale Street Could Talk, Angelou cooking in her California kitchen, and Morrison relaxing at Baldwin’s house in Provence. Harris describes her role as theater critic for the New York Amsterdam News and editor at then burgeoning Essence magazine; star-studded parties in the South of France; drinks at Mikell’s, a hip West Side club; and the simple joy these extraordinary people took in each other’s company. The book is framed by Harris’s relationship with Sam Floyd, a fellow professor at Queens College, who introduced her to Baldwin.

More than a memoir of friendship and first love My Soul Looks Back is a carefully crafted, intimately understood homage to a bygone era and the people that made it so remarkable.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., , 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501125904
1501125907
9781501125928
1501125923
9781501127007
Characteristics: xi, 257 pages ; 23 cm

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