This volume enables readers both steeped in and new to Hurston to discover her acerbic wit, her crisp prose, and the breadth of her artistic ability and interests .... an invaluable nonfiction companion to the collection of Hurston's short stories." – Booklist
"I liked this book... Reading Hurston, you always wonder what shape her dignity will take next. Her style and spark were her own." – New York Times
"Hurston is bold, honest, and provocative, as always, whether she's pontificating on the ideological mirage of white feminism or insisting that school integration did less than we thought to improve Black students' educations. The lyrical and uncompromising prose in this collection offers a window into the world of one of our greatest literary minds."
"Dazzling... provocative, funny, bawdy, informative and outrageous. Gates and West have put together a comprehensive collection that lets Hurston shine as a writer, a storyteller and an American iconoclast."
– Washington Post
"You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neal Hurston creates a powerful and nuanced mosaic of Black culture."
– Christian Science Monitor
"This is a carry-it-everywhere-with-you kind of book, perfect for times when you need some introspection as diversion. "You Don't Know Us Negroes" is like that, and that's just the way it is."
– Philadelphia Tribune
"Vigorous writings from a controversial and important cultural critic." – Kirkus Reviews
"You Don't Know Us Negroes" adds immeasurably to our understanding of Hurston, who was a tireless crusader in all her writing, and ahead of her time. Though she was often misunderstood, sometimes maligned and occasionally dismissed, her words make it impossible for readers to consider her anything but one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. Despite facing sexism, racism and general ignorance, Hurston managed to produce a written legacy that, thanks to enduring collections like this one, will engage readers for generations to come."
– New York Times Book Review
"The depth and power of Hurston's prose continues to dazzle." – The Guardian
"With much of her work having been released and re-released posthumously, this collection recogni[z]es one of the finest writers of the 20th century." – Sunday Express (UK)
"You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays showcases the author's breadth in a thrilling, if also uncomfortable, journey." – The Atlantic