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The subtitle is "seven stories of the secret city," and "secret" is ironic, meaning secret to many of us who really don't know the history of black Washington and of its expressively unique neighborhoods -- Shaw, U Street, Bloomingdale, Stronghold....David Nicholson writes about the people who lived there, those who lived out their lives there and others who left but (for a brief visit) came back. Nicholson writes about all them with understanding, often with love for them coming through, with n ...more
An intimate portrait of the DC of yesterday, parceled out in stories mostly from the perspective of black men raised in and making a living in a city that was and is more than just politics and seat of government. Overall 3.5 out of 5