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Dancing with Langston

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Carrie, a business manager who always wanted to be a dancer, has two commitments today. She made a promise to her late father to move Cousin Ella, a former Paris café dancer, from her condemned Harlem apartment to a safe place. She’s also committed to catch a flight to Seattle with her husband for his new job. But Cousin Ella resists leaving the apartment where she’s had s ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Green Place Books
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Stephen Kiernan
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is the story of an intersection: present day pressures of poverty and gentrification, crossing with the historical richness of music, art and dance in the age of America's best known African-American poet.
Langston Hughes is not directly a character on the page; he's in photographs, and in the stories people tell. And what those tales amount to is an explanation that his brilliance was not a singular event, but occurred amid a ;large culture of creativity and celebration.
The plot is t
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Elaine Moore
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that transports readers back to the days that Josephine Baker strutted her stuff in Paris and Harlem was in its glory. Cousin Ella isn't quite as famous as Baker but she danced in Paris in that era until a tragic accident sent her packing back to to Harlem. Half a century later, her cousin Carrie promises her father that she'd help get Ella who is now in her 90's move into a retirement home.

Carrie too once had aspirations to be a dancer but her father who has recently died convi
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Mike
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Carrie Stevens is a successful 38-year-old woman of color living in New York City. Her life is comfortable. Maybe somewhat routine, certainly not the life she once imagined for herself, but nice. Nice and comfortable. Her marriage is... successful. She is selling her condo in New York and following her husband to his new job in Seattle in less than 48 hours.

All Carrie has left to do is move her last living relative, 95-year-old Cousin Ella, from Ella's apartment in Harlem and into a nursing home
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Sandy
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you to NetGalley and Green Place Books for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I soaked this up in a day!

WOW - this was fantastic storytelling. Perhaps my deep connection to the story, in part, stemmed from having lived in the neighborhood and maintaining personal ties to the streets, buildings, people, and culture; they were once my own. But Skeeter, with her brilliant craft, encapsulated the vibrant beauty and creativity of the Harlem Renaissance. As Langston's everlastin
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Interactive Direct
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read if only for the way the words are written and a loving insight into Harlem's past.
We are enchanted with this book. It's a love story with memories of Langston Hughes, the Golden Age of Harlem thrown in and told through a fictional character. Captivating. Not so long before Harlem's gentrification, walking through the area was not a good idea or safe for some people. Now in this book we are invited in to listen to their stories and remissness with them. It's beautifully written with a
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Rhonda
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and entertaining characters. A secret always makes for good reading and grabs hold of you until the end. Would recommend.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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