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Street shadows : a memoir of race, rebellion, and redemption
Jerald Walker
Adult Nonfiction E185.93.I2 W35 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this spectacular debut, Iowa Workshop grad Walker, an African American professor of English, contrasts his misspent youth in the Chicago projects with his adult life as a college professor and family man. Moving back and forth fluidly through time, Walker creates a vivid sense of character, his own and those around him, as well as the standard pitfalls of ghetto life he narrowly avoided. The result is a funny, poignant, thoughtful and exceptionally well-written memoir that follows Walker from Chicago to Africa and locations across the U.S., each of which is crisply, authentically captured. While delivering a thorough, personal take on race relations, opportunity, and privilege, Walker hooks readers with his prose and honesty, without plying for sympathy or playing to readers' preconceptions. With broad appeal and pertinent timing, Walker's first effort could be the pick-it-up and pass-it-on memoir of the season. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Like Broderick (see above), English professor Walker (Bridgewater State Coll.) defeated addiction and despair, exchanging them for literary prowess and the writer's life. The child of a rough Chicago African American neighborhood rife with pressures to go astray, he succumbed to drugs and drink before taking a community college English class. His teacher immediately recognized and promoted his talent, getting him into the University of Iowa's prestigious Writers' Workshop. Excellent for fans of John Edgar Wideman's work.-Lynne Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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