Although [Eddy Harris] has established his reputation as the author of books that incisively explore places and the people within them, Eddy L. Harris has claimed that he is not a travel writer. His deeply penetrating accounts are searches for his own identity and the identity of blacks in general in various contexts, and how places either embrace or alienate black culture. For his literary efforts, Harris has gathered material first-hand from his own lengthy immersions into the geography, culture, history, and mindset of places ranging from unstable African countries, to New York City’s famed Harlem, to the legendary Mississippi River.
Harris has traveled great distances, endured hardships, and even put his own life at risk in order to capture the essence of the black experience in different settings throughout the world. He has had a gun drawn on him because he brushed a man who was blocking his way on a city sidewalk, threatened by potentially fatal diseases in remote African villages, lived as a nomad in foreign territories where no one spoke English, and survived alone in the wilderness for weeks at a time. All of these experiences have been preserved and eloquently transformed into literature in his four acclaimed works of non-fiction.
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