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  • The Home Place

  • Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
  • By: J. Drew Lanham
  • Narrated by: J. Drew Lanham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Home Place

By: J. Drew Lanham
Narrated by: J. Drew Lanham
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Summary

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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Outstanding except for account of killing deer

This nature memoir, is beautifully written and was one of my favourite books ever, up to the point of the graphic and upsetting account of the Author killing a deer, with apparently not even the slightest awareness that he was causing the deer pain (the deer does not die immediately). There follows then a comment about how vegans must eat soy beans and a reference to the land they grow on, which lost me as I am vegan and no, we don’t have to eat soy beans. I could not see the book in the same light after this and would not have started reading it had I known this account was included.

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  • Martha McIntosh
  • 27-04-21

My heart grew

My heart grew because of this book. Professor Lanham's writing is now beautifully etched in my heart and constant in my thoughts. This was one of those few in a lifetime books that I constantly seek, nurture and hold sacred. This book changed me and I promise that your reading will bestow unknown and unconditional gifts. We, the readers, are so grateful for the entire Lanham family and how what came before, what is and what will become is always found in the nature and land around us.

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  • Bill
  • 19-12-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-22

Best Read, best book for all!

Everyone should read this book; it is outstanding, especially since Dr. Lanham read it. I am so glad I had the opportunity to listen.

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  • O. Smith
  • 25-07-22

fantastic story

loved it. very authentic, moving, also great author read. the African American experience, farmlife, and the making of a scientist all In one story.

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  • Margaret S.
  • 14-04-22

Wonderful

A moving story told with depth and beauty. The author’s resonant voice adds immeasurably to the book.

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  • Sarah J. ONeil
  • 10-09-21

Read this!

Compelling. Beautifully written and performed. Uplifting. Sobering. Hopeful. Read it. And bird, enthusiastically! Well done!

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  • L.Curtis
  • 21-05-21

Simply Lovely

A well written and engaging book ~ great all around. I would highly recommend it. Best!

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  • Great Aunt
  • 25-04-21

Work worth reading

Should be required reading for high school students and teachers. Also book clubs. Thought provocin

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  • J. Carney
  • 15-03-21

Connections

I love hearing the author tell his story. It is written on so many levels with an underlining of caring and seems so authentic.

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  • Jersey Girl
  • 14-03-21

Budding Ornithologist in the making!

I so loved this book! I read it in my quest to teach my young students about an African American Ornithologist for Black History Month. My Kindergartens affectionately call him the ‘brown birder’ and are so excited when Its time to learn something else about Dr. Lanham. My son, who is a recent environmental studies graduate, turned me onto Dr. Lanham and I have not looked back. Great laugh out loud moments from his upbringing that are so familiar and so much more that made me want to learn more about nature. What a rich, familiar, heartfelt story! Loved every second of it! Thank you for sharing it with us!