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Tambourines to Glory

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on public relief. Essie wants to somehow earn enough money to reunite with her dau
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published 1958)
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Liberata Maroon
This! I couldn't find this book or remember the name. For some reason, I thought it was a Walter Moseley book, but after poring through his books, I couldn't find it! Turns out the whole time it was Langston Hughes. It just goes to show how timeless his storytelling skill is. This was a hilarious story. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Rich Hancuff
The writing is wonderful and natural, but the ending is rushed. It's a great meditation on the fleecing of the flock and temptation.
Eric Vincent
Jun 18, 2008 Eric Vincent marked it as advisroy-07-08
Langston Hughes is a brilliant author and this novel turned play tells the story of two women who open a store in harlem. Considering the time period it was written in, it speaks alot about the African American Community in HArlem at the time. I was blessed with the priveldge to see the Harlem Repitory Theater preform this at City College and it was wonderful!
Tammy Eaton
This very short novel was first written as a play and that's the way it reads. I was visualizing it on stage from the moment the two leading ladies started talking. I'd love to see it performed someday! As always, Langston Hughes brings his characters to life and makes you feel for them and with them. I highly recommend it!
Langston Hughes proves from this book, that was intended to be a play, that he is such a talented writer. Set in Harlem, Hughes introduces the reader to the two main characters Essie and Laura. Although this is a rather quick read, Hughes provides the reader with an enjoyable novel/playwright.
This book gives a good insight into religion and old Harlem. A lot of the book still relates to today. I saw the play and it was great as well. Hard to believe the play came before the book.
I read the play and thoroughly enjoyed it but they don't have the play listed. I do know that the novel and play are slightly different.
Loved it, of course. it's langston Hughes.

I learned that the more things change, the more people stay the same.
Really enjoyed this! Well written, interesting, great character development.
Sometimes the spirit dies before the flesh.
I liked this book, but it was pretty strange.
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Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
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