A Member of the Club: Reflections on Life in a Racially Polarized World
Lawrence Otis Graham
Publisher: Harper PerennialFormat: Paperback
Informed and driven by his experience as an upper-middle-class African American who lives and works in a predominately white environment, provocative author Lawrence Otis Graham offers a unique perspective on the subject of race. An uncompromising work that will challenge the mindset of every reader, “Member of the Club” is a searching book of essays ranging from examining life as a black Princetonian and corporate lawyer to exploring life as a black busboy at an all white country-club. From New York magazine cover stories “Invisible Man” and “Harlem on My Mind” to such new essays as “I Never Dated a White Girl” and "My Dinner with Mister Charlie: A Black Man's Undercover Guide to Dining with Dignity at Ten Top New York Restaurants,“ Graham challenges racial prejudice among White Americans while demanding greater accountability and self-determination from his peers in black America.”In “Member of the Club.” Graham writes of] heartbreaking ironies and contradictions, indignities and betrayals in the life of an upper-class black man." —“Philadelphia Inquirer”“Lawrence Graham Surely knows about the pressures of being beholden to two very different groups.” —“Los Angeles Times”Lawrence Otis Graham is a popular commentator on race and ethnicity. The author of ten other books, his work has appeared in “New York” magazine, the “New York Times” and“ The Best American Essays.”
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