"Masterfully traces the lives of three generations of an African American family as it grows from meager means to the middle class. Alexander has informed her book with a deep sensitivity to human complexity." –Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"An unforgettable, stunning portrait, not only of the Bond family, but of the American social fabric." —Seattle Times
"[A] biography of a family, a text in African American studies, and a work of U.S. history . . . spun into gold." —The Women’s Review of Books
"Captures the currents of cultural change that swept the nation. . . . [A]n impressive historical tapestry." —USA Today