The Home Place

The Home Place

Memoirs of A Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature

Book - 2016
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"In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored." From these fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place , a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham.

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.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781571313157
157131315X
9781571313508
Branch Call Number: 590.92 LANHAM J
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 22 cm

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A lyrical memoir that connects heart to a culture of place--in South Carolina.

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.

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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!
This book offers so many powerful ... Read More »


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patcarstensen
Jun 10, 2018

Lovely writing about land that is familiar to me although some parts are more lyrical than others.

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Shirleynature
May 26, 2018

Lanham sings with wise and provocative wit of land ethics moving forward with social justice and loving his family and their place of origin.

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 connections; I highly recommend this book to book clubs!

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