The Home Place

The Home Place

Memoirs of A Colored Man's Love Affair With Nature

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"In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. 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 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"--to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field. 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's description.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Milkweed Editions,, 2017
Edition: First paperback edition
Description: 216 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781571313508
Branch Call Number: 590.92 Lan


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Jun 10, 2018

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

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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