The Hottest Water in Chicago: On Family, Race, Time, and American Culture
This is a book of essays on art and literature that also provide revealing glimpses into the life and family of one black baby boomer. They are as interesting as anything Maya Angelou has written but present a whole different experience. Pemberton came from a middle-class background, with an intact and loving family. Her father was an Urban League official, and the family moved several times: she lived in Chicago, Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota; visited grandparents in California while growing up; and she was an exchange student in England for a year. In addition to her interesting essays, readers could expand their horizons by reading the sources of her quotes, which is easily done, as she provides a bibliography for each essay. Highly recommended for all public libraries. - Anita L. Cole, Miami-Dade P.L. System, Fla.
Faber & Faber