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No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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Sep 19, 2012

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Read in September, 2012

Every book has its reader. I was really not the reader for this one. I thought it was interesting, and never felt that it was a chore to read, but it also wasn't compelling, and I never felt any urgency to pick it back up again, or ever had a hard time putting it down when my lunch break was over.

I did not particularly like the multiple voice aspect. The individuals did not have strong enough voices to convey who they were. Their attitudes were different, but they all sounded alike. I think this is partly because the book was so well-documented and the author drew heavily from written accounts and interviews, both situations were people are thinking about what they are saying and thus sound more formal and less individual than they would in a spoken situation. I never felt like the characters were actually speaking to me.

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