No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

Author: 
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
Blurb: 
"You can't walk straight on a crooked line. You do you'll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?" Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because "Negroes don't read," Lewis took five books and one-hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X. In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller's flair to document the life and times of her great uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.
No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Representation
Some information on the characters in the book.
Female protagonist: 
No
Protagonist of Colour: 
Yes
Queer relationship: 
No
Publication
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Publishing date: 
2012
ISBN: 
9780761361695
Publisher: 
Carolrhoda Books
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