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Hoop Roots
Hoop Roots by John Edgar Wideman 0395857317 9780395857311
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Hoop Roots by John Edgar Wideman

Hoop Roots is John Edgar Widemans memoir of discovering the game that has been his singular passion for nearly fifty years. It is equally, inevitably, the story of the roots of black basketball in America - a story inextricable from race, culture, love, and home. As a boy, Wideman lived in his grandparents worn but welcoming home in the ghettoized Homewood section of Pittsburgh. It was a world presided over by women, forever coddling, scolding, protective. One day John slipped away from their watchful gaze and escaped to a place where white factory workers shot hoops on their breaks. Then someone handed him a ball. That thrilling first shot was a turning point. Later he sneaked from his dying grandmothers bedside to the courts where other black boys gathered. Here he really learned the game - the African-American game, whose style and power would change him and our culture. With Du Boiss The Souls of Black Folk as his model, Wideman combines memoir with history, folklore, and commentary to create a magical evocation of his unique slice of American experience. He imagines the Harlem Globetrotters in 1927, on their way to the Illinois town where the only black resident will be lynched. A playground game in Greenwich Village conjures Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and the sources of black minstrelsy. African-American language, culture, music, and sport brilliantly interweave in a lyrical narrative that glides from nostalgic to outraged, from scholarly to streetwise, from defiant to celebratory. Like his previous memoirs, Widemans Hoop Roots is both deeply personal and fiercely resonant.

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 242

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2001-09-01

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ISBN: 0395857317

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