The portion of upper Manhattan known as Harlem has been a vibrant cultural center for African Americans since the late 19th century. When housing discrimination concentrated black Americans into the area, African- and Southern-influenced culture found expression through music, literature, and the visual arts. Despite the negative aspects of its image produced by white prejudice against its black residents, Harlem is, instead of "nowhere," the "Mecca of Black America." In this urban portrait, part memoir and part well-researched history, author Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts vividly depicts the cultural contributions of Harlem's residents, including writers Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and James Baldwin, photographer James VanDerZee, and many others. Harlem is Nowhere
offers a "glittering living tapestry" (Publishers Weekly
) of a vital part of New York City.