The Home Place
Memoirs of A Colored Man's Love Affair With NatureBook - 2016
Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina--a place "easy to pass by on the way somewhere else"--has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place , readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be "the rare bird, the oddity."
By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South--and in America today.
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Reserve your spot for this two-part book club! Saturdays, Oct 12 & Oct 19 | 2–4 PM Borrow a copy of the book The Home Place: Memoirs of A Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature by J. Drew Lanham. Oct 12 | 2–4 PM Book Discussion with co-leaders Jake Vail and Shirley Braunlich Oct 19 | 2–4 PM Action Work Party At the Action Work P... (more)
(Posted On: Sep 5, 2017) I live within a mile of the Kansas River. In spite of the Bowersock Dam and other infrastructure, this is a good place to connect with wildness. Walking on the levee beside the river offers a chance to watch birds soaring and fishing—great blue herons are frequently present at the river, and in winter bald eagles too. Frequently people are making use of the water… (more)
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The Tree Hugger
(South Carolina) nonfiction
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LPL_ShirleyB Oct 06, 2017
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LPL_ShirleyB May 05, 2017
If you enjoy prose that flows—like poetry, heartwarming & witty family stories, lyrical nature revelry, thoughtful social justice advocacy rooted in a strong South Carolina land ethic and a plethora of optimism then this book will charm & enlighten you!
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