Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem


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Amistad Press
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6.2 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Paula Williams Madison is the chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC. She spent twenty-two years with NBC Universal and was most recently the company's executive vice president of diversity. Honored for corporate leadership and community outreach, Paula was named one of the 75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine.


"Told through an intimate family portrait this story is a moving account of a vivid historic migration; an unyielding and dogged journey of the human spirit."--Walter Mosley
"This is an extraordinary story of identities lost and found. Paula Madison's audacious search illuminates not only her own family's story, but a lost world of the Chinese diaspora in the Caribbean, Jamaica's mixing bowl of race and culture, and Harlem's melting pot of talent and ambition."--Ben Jealous, Former President and CEO, NAACP
"How Madison ultimately connects with her grandfather's descendants in China will produce more OMG moments than any prime-time drama on cable or Netflix could ever hope to elicit."--Essence
"A well-structured memoir told in brief, punchy vignettes alternating between past and present."--Kirkus Reviews
Finding Samuel Lowe is simply the most exciting, daring and brilliant memoir I've read in the 21st century."--Kiese Laymon
"From one corner of the world to another, from one culture to another, Madison expertly brings family together, showing that all of humanity is attached by a thread of love. This emotionally rich story is a must-read, to be sure."--Harriette Cole, author of Jumping the Broom
"A fascinating family memoir that peeks inside the life of a 1960s Harlem kid, takes readers back a century to Jamaica, and then reads like a detective story... Madison writes with such passion that it's a treat to see how finding her grandfather means finding herself."--The Bookworm Sez
"This memoir is a quick, fascinating read that sheds light on a little-known aspect of cross-cultural history."--Bustle