This month’s Memoir title


The home place : memoirs of a colored man’s love affair with nature

by J. Drew Lanham (Joseph Drew)

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. This book 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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  1. Marcy Cain Says:

    For more about memoir writing, on Saturday, September 27, writer and poet Bessy Reyna is conducting a one-day workshop on memoir writing at Tunxis. Reyna is a published author, and former Hartford Courant columnist. Details about the non-credit workshop are at tunxis.edu/bend or by calling 860.314.4700.


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