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

"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… Read More →

  • Lexile: 850
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 381'.45002097471
  • Copyright: 2012


“Opened at the end of the Great Depression, Michaux’s National Memorial African Bookstore became a central gathering place for African American writers, artists, intellectuals, and political figures. In this extraordinary, inspiring book, short chapters are written in… View →


“Eye-opening….This book will capture readers’ interest from the first pages and they will find themselves still thinking about it weeks later.” —VOYA View →


“A storytelling quality, as well as short pieces of history on each page, will make this appealing to anyone looking to know more about the Civil Rights era.” —Library Media Connection View →


“An extraordinary, inspiring book to put into the hands of scholars and skeptics alike.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine View →


“Nelson and Christie deliver an engrossing blend of history, art, and storytelling in this deeply moving tribute to a singular individual.”—starred, Publishers Weekly View →


“Not only a compelling biography but also a useful addition to the literature of black history and culture.” —Booklist View →


“The storytelling format, candid perspectives, supplemental images, and historic connections bring to life an unheralded individualist whose story will engage readers.”&mdashstarred, School Library Journal View →


“A stirring and thought-provoking account of an unsung figure in 20th-century American history.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews View →