elissa's Reviews > No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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Mar 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, nonfiction, capitol_choices_2013, my_10s_reads, 2012favorites, historicalfiction
Recommended to elissa by: www.capitolchoices.org
Read from March 21 to June 16, 2012

I guess documentary novel (in the subtitle) about covers it. Fascinating look at the life of Lewis Michaux, who ran an extremely influential bookstore in Harlem for more than 3 decades. I love that this was written by his great-niece (the granddaughter of his brother Norris). I read part of it a couple of months ago and it took me a long time to get back to it, but when I finally picked it back up, I had a hard time putting it down. Also, the other 3 people in my family all enjoyed this, too.

Looking at others' reviews, I see that "fascinating" is the most-used word to describe this. It really is unique.
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