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Growing Up In 'Another Brooklyn'

Cover of "Another Brooklyn"
Jacqueline Woodson
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In the late 1960s, Jacqueline Woodson and her family moved north from the segregated South to Brooklyn, New York.

It was a racially formative time and place that would later be known as the last wave of the Great Migration.

But at the time, Jacqueline simply knew Brooklyn as home. It was the place where she and her friends grew from children into adults, and shared the best and worst of a city that had become a vibrant destination for people of color.

That coming-of-age story provides much of the inspiration for Jacqueline's new book, "Another Brooklyn" (HarperCollins/2016), a novel written in vivid poetic vignettes about a teenager growing up in 1970s Brooklyn.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Woodson about the book and her own life.

Woodson reads at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on September 9th, and the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem on September 10th.​

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.