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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[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 Oct 06, 2017
Lanham's memoir shares a very personal connection to his home in South Carolina, yet his writing is so poetic and inspiring that every reader will feel these connections too.
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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