A Member Of The Club: Reflections on Life in a Racially Polarized World

Paperback | August 30, 1996

byLawrence Otis Graham

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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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Astute observer and ruminative author Lawrence Otis Graham continues his candid search for racial and ethnic understanding in essays with topics as diverse as life as a black Princetonian and Harvard-trained lawyer to the experience of being a black busboy at an all-white country club.

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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 b...

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 b...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:August 30, 1996Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060984309

ISBN - 13:9780060984304

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Astute observer and ruminative author Lawrence Otis Graham continues his candid search for racial and ethnic understanding in essays with topics as diverse as life as a black Princetonian and Harvard-trained lawyer to the experience of being a black busboy at an all-white country club.

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“This clear-eyed account should be required reading for all Americans.”