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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I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our ongoing series, Diverse Dialogues on Race and… (more)
Being nearby to see a bird in flight can be a transcendent experience. The sensation of watching a bird flying overhead has inspired me to simulate my own flight, standing with my arms raised high. And this seems most powerful in a wide-open natural area like the Haskell-Baker Wetlands—in the presence of many red-winged blackbirds. I’ve become more aware recently that most other people out… (more)
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A lyrical memoir that connects heart to a culture of place--in South Carolina.
LPL_ShirleyB Oct 06, 2017
Lanham shares lyrically-written stories, deep connections to family, his strong sense of place, a passion for nature, and optimism and humor, along with the frustration of being the uncommon African American ornithologist in a predominantly white field. Every reader will be inspired and feel thes... Read More »
[Read a book about nature] Book Squad-er Shirley B is RAVING about this book and about Lanham in general. And bonus - he will be HERE in May doing a talk! Get on this one before the holds list explodes.
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!
This book offers so many powerful ... Read More »