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ALTERNATIVES An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings.From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph Ziggy Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroits famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the citys African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where hes rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats.As he lays dying in the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it.Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottoms venerable "52 Saints." Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe Louis, and a raucous Bricktop. Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life "Saints" with local heroes who became household names, enthralling men and women whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York Citys Harlem.Accompanying these tributes are thoughtfully paired cocktailsspecial drinks that capture the essence of each of Ziggys saintslibations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randalls wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other. [READ MORE]

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Tags: Category: Fiction / African American / Historical Released: null Authors: Alice Randall Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins Published on: Aug 18, 2020 Pages: 368

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Category: Fiction / African American / Historical Authors: Alice Walker Language: English Publisher: Open Road Media Published on: Sep 20, 2011 Pages: 288

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An accomplished songwriter (e.g., "XXX's and OOO's"), NAACP award master for Soul Meal Love, and Phillis Wheatley Award master for her YA literature, Randall also writes adult fiction, including the ...
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