The Home Place

The Home Place

Memoirs of A Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature

Book - 2016
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From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place , a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist 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: 9781571313508
9781571313157
157131315X
Branch Call Number: 590.92 LANHAM J
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 22 cm

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Black Birdwatcher, J. Drew Lanham, to Speak in Lawrence

I’m proud to announce that J. Drew Lanham is coming to speak in Lawrence on May 24. Dr. Lanham connects storytelling, wit, and land ethics to advocate for greater participation in the natural world—especially among people of color. He is a conservation ornithologist, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist; Drew is also an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson… (more)

Birding with J. Drew Lanham

Dr. Lanham will co-lead a tour with Dr. Roger Boyd. J. Drew Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Alumni Master Teacher at Clemson University. Roger Boyd is Senior Scientist of Baker Wetlands & Professor Emeritus of Biology at Baker University. Contact Shirley Braunlich at Lawrence Public library for more information sbraunlich@lplks.org or 785-843-3833 ext. 130The Home Place (more)


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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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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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