The Northside named a Notable African American Title

Nelson Johnson’s “The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City” joins five other nonfiction titles and four fiction books in a listing released this week by the influential Publishers Weekly in an article titled Notable African American Titles by Calvin Reid and Diane Patrick.

Written by the author of Boardwalk Empire, the book the hit TV show is based on, The Northside meticulously documents the role of blacks in building Atlantic City and creating a haven for black life on in the city’s Northside. Mr. Johnson described the role of African American’s in the ride of Atlantic City in a single chapter within Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City titled A Plantation by the Sea (Read Online). That chapter inspired him to undertake the years of research needed to write The Northside and gather the many photographs that brings this history to life.

Alongside the Northside, Publishers Weekly recognized Terry McMillan’s novel Getting to Happy, the sequel to her 1992 bestseller, Waiting to Exhale in their Notable African American Titles in the area of fiction. In nonfiction, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, a memoir of Cornel West by Cornel West with David Ritz and Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius by Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber join Nelson Johnson’s new book.