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Triple Exposure: Black, Jewish and Red in the 1950s

Do you remember the old joke…What’s black and white and “red” all over? Well, instead of a newspaper, in this case it’s the life of Dexter Jeffries. Walking between the black and white worlds as well as being the kid of Communist parents, he had quite a time of it as you might imagine.

His memoir takes him through many jobs of various types. My favorite parts detailed how he did (or didn’t) get along with his coworkers at work. He brings them to life very well and you sometimes even begin to see a good side of even the “bad” ones. A good author and an impartial person can do that. Most writers are one, but not both. Jeffries is capable, though, of describing the folks he comes across in terms that really bring them alive on the page as real people and not just props for him to shine against.

Revisit a lot of great authors through this book, too: Ralph  Ellison, Henry David  Thoreau, Franz Kafka and more.

Meriwether O’Connor

Meriwether O’Connor is a small farmer and writer. If you ever notice any chicken footprints across a review, she was probably typing outside in the barn.

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