Welcome to Harlem, a place so exciting and exhilarating that it challenged and changed America and the world’s culture forever. With its incredible history, cultural richness, musical heritage, and renowned cuisine, Harlem is undoubtedly one of the most intoxicating New York City communities, having served as a backdrop for writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, as well as modern-day legends in the hip-hop world. In this beautifully illustrated volume, author Naomi Fertitta takes readers on both a written and visual journey to pious churches, landmark architecture, sparkling clubs, vibrant theaters, and bustling restaurants. For native New Yorkers and visitors alike, In the Spirit of Harlem paints a colorful picture of one of America’s most fascinating neighborhoods. The book includes a foreword by chef Marcus Samuelsson and a directory comprising Fertitta’s recommendations.
Released in February 2014
W 7.59 x L 10.94 x D 0.74 in
Hardcover with Jacket
Naomi Fertitta is an author, creative director, and lifelong New Yorker. In New York: The Big City and Its Little Neighborhoods (Universe, 2009), she explored the city’s numerous ethnic enclaves. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, George and has two sons, Cree and Cam. This is her first book with Assouline.