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Blue as the Lake: A Personal Geography

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Blue as the Lake maps out an African-American landscape unique in American literature. From Idlewild, the black resort on Lake Michigan where he vacationed as a child with his grandparents, to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Robert Stepto traces a history of generations finding and making a home. His family lore careens through American history- we meet a black regiment i ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Beacon Press (first published August 28th 1998)
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Tim
Robert Stepto's memoir of family history and geography is a real wonder, a work of quiet and exceptional beauty. I picked it up because of his Chicago connections and because I had almost taken a course on biography he offered (alas it did not fit my schedule). I enjoyed it because it is a memoir of personal and familial history, not interested in the horrible or salacious, but in small revelations and deeper human insight. I admit to wishing for a family tree to keep relations straight, but his ...more
Jen
Jan 22, 2009 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Victoria, Sue, Jan, Scarlett
Recommended to Jen by: review in Tribune Books section a while back
A beautifully written memoir. No major crises, no stories of tragedy and redemption, just a man's reflections on his life and family.

The book is in three sections: his growing up in a middle-class black family in the 1950s & 60s on Chicago's South Side and the summers spent at Idlewild in Michigan; stories of his grandparents and great-grandparents; and his reflections on his mother, his relationship with his father, and his current summers spent on Martha's Vineyard with his family and his
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