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The Home Place

Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
Narrated by: J. Drew Lanham
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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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, listeners 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.

©2016 J. Drew Lanham (P)2019 Tantor

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Beautifully written and narrated

Dr. Lanham’s memoir about growing up in the South Carolina piedmont is a delight. His life story is an interesting one, and his passion for the natural world really shines through. Plus, he does a great job narrating his own story.

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Wonderful Story of Family and Connection

Masterfully written and with a true and honest storyline. The Home Place took me back in time as I followed the life of the author and his life in the rural south. I felt like I was there with him, I could feel his emotions and as I listened, I wanted to hear more. If you love nature this is a must hear in your Audible collection.