Style and Grace
African Americans at Home
Michael Henry Adams
Bulfinch Press, $19.95
This soft cover coffee-table book should be subtitled "Black New Yorkers at Home," and therein lies the weakness of this collection of sumptuous homes. The author, an architectural historian, features only New Yorkers, a typical example of East Coast bias that ignores the stylistic endeavors of those west of the Hudson River, let alone the African Americans with lovely abodes in Los Angeles.
That objection aside, he elegantly presents a fascinating slice of the homes of such celebrities as hip-hop maven Russell Simmons, Rep. Charles B. Rangel and photographer Gordon Parks.