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No Crystal Stair

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

This is an intimate biography of an important but underappreciated figure in black history.

You can't walk straight on a crooked line. You do you'll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?" Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because "Negroes don't read," Lewis took five books and one hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X. In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller's flair to document the life and times of her great-uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era. "My life was no crystal stair, far from it. But I'm taking my leave with some pride. It tickles me to know that those folks who said I could never sell books to black people are eating crow. I'd say my seeds grew pretty damn well. And not just the book business. It's the more important business of moving our people forward that has real meaning.

  • Covers an important period of history from a unique angle.
  • Vaunda Nelson has name recognition.

About the author

Vaunda Michauex Nelson has been a teacher, newspaper reporter, bookseller, school ibrariant and twice a member of the Newbery Award Committee. She was elected to the Caldecott Committee for 2011. Nelson holds Masters degrees from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Vermont, and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science, where she specialised in children's services. The author is currently a youth services librarian at the public library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where she lives with her husband.

ISBN: 9781541514911
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2018
Dimensions: 178 x 254mm, 192pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $18.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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