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Hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick : stories from the Harlem Renaissance / Zora Neale Hurston ; foreword by Tayari Jones ; introduction by Genevieve West.

Hurston, Zora Neale, (author.). West, Margaret Genevieve, (editor,, writer of introduction.). Jones, Tayari, (writer of foreword.). Hurston, Zora Neale. John Redding goes to sea. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Conversion of Sam. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Bit of our Harlem. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Drenched in light. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Short stories. Selections. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Magnolia flower. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Black death. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Bone of contention. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Muttsy. (Added Author). Hurston, Zora Neale. Sweat. (Added Author).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library HUR (Text) 33500013194451 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library HUR (Text) 33500013194469 New Checked out 10/02/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062915795
  • ISBN: 0062915797
  • Physical Description: xliii, 252 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-250).
Formatted Contents Note:
John Redding goes to sea -- The conversion of Sam -- A bit of our Harlem -- Drenched in light -- Spunk -- Magnolia flower -- Black death -- The bone of contention -- Muttsy -- Sweat -- Under the bridge -- 'Possum or pig? -- The Eatonville anthology -- Book of Harlem -- The book of Harlem -- The back room -- Monkey junk -- The country in the woman -- The gilded six-bits -- She rock -- The fire and the cloud.
Summary, etc.:
In 1925, Zora Neale Hurston was living in New York as a fledgling writer. This collection of stories, found in archives after her death, reveal African American folk culture in Harlem in the 1920s. This book includes eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem gems.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2
    *Starred Review* Best known for Their Eyes Were Watching God and her exuberant appreciation of African American culture in the rural south, Hurston also penned keen observations about Harlemites, many of them transplanted southerners. In another reclaimed volume, following Barracoon (2018), 21 of Hurston's short stories are gathered together for the first time, including nine recovered works, most focused on life in Harlem during its renaissance period, beginning in 1921 when Hurston struggled to launch herself as a writer. Presented in the order in which Hurston wrote them, the stories trace her literary development and the adjustments she shared with others of the Great Migration. The collection includes tales of a young man who longs to live life beyond his small Florida town, a faithful wife tempted by her husband's admiration for a gold-leafed city slicker, and a man who rejects the notion of marrying a "biscuit cooker" in favor of the prospect of "Shebas of high voltage." Throughout, Hurston draws insightful and humorous contrasts between southern and northern cultures, small-town and big-city life, and the ties and disconnects between country and urban folk. With biting wit, Hurston gets to the heart of the human condition, including racism, sexism, and classism, through the circuitous path of her characters, that is, the straight lick with a crooked stick.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kicked off with a foreword by Tayari Jones, Hurston's rediscovered stories will electrify book media and draw in readers. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: African Americans > Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
FICTION / African American / Women.
African Americans > Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.
Short stories.
Domestic fiction.

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