A Little Devil in America

A Little Devil in America

Hanif Abdurraqib
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Notes in Praise of Black Performance

From breakout writer and peerless new voice Hanif Abdurraqib, the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, comes a personal and introspective examination of Black performance in America, in which race, history, culture, and entertainment collide.


Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in MuzzleVinylPEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADERPitchforkThe New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a book of the year by BuzzFeedEsquire, NPR, O: The Oprah MagazinePaste, CBC, The Los Angeles ReviewPitchfork, and Chicago Tribune, among others. His most recent book, Go Ahead in the RainNotes to A Tribe Called Quest, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.


  • A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1984801198
  • ISBN-13: 9781984801197
  • Item Weight: 1.25 lbs
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher: Random House (March 30, 2021)
  • Language: English