Quotable Thursday

I love when someone writes the heck out of a sentence. On Thursdays, I try to post some of my favorites.

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“It has struck me then that the world was full of holes, holes which you could fall into, never to be seen again.”
~Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon

Books are Powerful

I just finished reading Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi. (This is a book for adults – not young readers.)

It is profound.

What an epic journey she set about, writing this. I am blown away by the years of work it must have required. The end result is worth every bit of that time, every bit of that sweat. Because the end result is a powerful book that will be read and re-read for years to come. It will be discussed and dissected for decades. And for good cause.

The book’s description, from Amazon:

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

I felt blown away and so inspired when I finally closed that last page. This lengthy read is worth all the page-turns. And though it’s quite often a dark tale, the reader is left with hope at the end.

My husband told me to read this. He listened to the audiobook (I can’t imagine doing that – without the family tree guide at the beginning. I would have been lost.)

To anyone who questions the need for Affirmative Action in this day and age: I would say, please read this book. Allow it to open your mind and help shape your views about that subject even more.

 

Books for the holidays!

My kids know that every Christmas they will each open up a large box stuffed with new books. Some books in their boxes this year include:

    

 

And let me take this moment to plug a lovely picture book that would make an excellent gift for children in Kentucky or children elsewhere with grandparents in Kentucky, etc.:

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky by Evelyn Christensen, illustrated by Kent Culotta, is a delightful picture book. Add it to your gift list!

Letters for Kids

If you have a young reader in your life and you’re looking for good holiday gift ideas, look no further. Letters for Kids is the perfect gift for young readers. I would have loved to have gotten letters in my mailbox each month from authors! Wouldn’t you?

I’m lucky to be the featured author this month. So – if you’d like to receive my hand-written letter about birthdays and surprises, head over to The Rumpus and start your subscription today.

 

Joy

November was a dark month here. I found myself, last week, searching for joy. Sometimes naming it helps to let in the light. Here are some things that are bringing me joy of late:

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  1. Writing get-aways with dear friends
  2. Kristin Cashore has a new book coming out soon!
  3. Delicious pies on Thanksgiving
  4. that lovely view of the moon that we had
  5. letters from students:
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I hope there’s lots of joy in your life today!