Skip to main content

Book Review - Homegoing - by Yaa Gyasi





This is one of the most intriguing books I've read in a long time, and it's from a debut author! Homegoing follows two half-sisters Effia and Esi, and their subsequent generations. One marries a British slaver and the other is sent to the America's as a slave herself.

One thread follows Effia and her descendants throughout the history of Ghana, the tribal wars, the eventual end of the slave trade, and British colonization. 

The other thread follows Esi and her family as she and her children are raised in slavery in the United States, their experience throughout the Civil War, great Migration, and the jazz age in Harlem.

Both stories converge at the end of the book with the stunning realization and reality of the lost family histories of African Americans. 

With every chapter in this book we follow another family member, either from Effa or Esi's side, usually just one generation removed. With every new chapter I was prepared to not like or feel for a character as much as I did in the previous chapter, but every time I was proven wrong. Although I wished I could read more and more about everyone my heart melted for every new generation. Sometimes survival was the only thing pushing these characters through the challenges and tribulations of their lives. 

 Gyasi makes it so clear that the people we become is greatly influenced by those who come before us, even when some of those stories are lost or stolen people never stop searching for their past. People's personal histories are ingrained in them and never leave. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

This is my second Young Hoosier Book Award nominee review. I have picked a  few from the Intermediate and Middle Grade lists to read. This book is about twelve year old Sarah, who among other things she is doing in this novel is also writing letters to her literary hero, Atticus Finch. I find this to be especially interesting to read AFTER I just finished Go Set A Watchman. Although I'm sure Karen Harrington had no idea that GSAW existed or was going to be published during her work on this book I would love to know her thoughts on Lee's "new" novel and how it relates to her character Sarah in Sure Signs of Crazy. Like Sarah, and many of us I'm sure Ms. Harrington was probably also a big fan of Atticus in To Kill a MockingBird. 

Moving on...

I Survived At the Library

This was our second attempt at this program. I originally found this idea over at the tweenlibrarian.blogspot.com and tried it our back in February of this year. The only problem? Nobody showed up. The winter months have historically been hard for us to get school-agers in the door for programs.
 My co-worker decided to redo the program this month. I did not know if I would be here to help or not because we are on baby watch, but fortunately I was able to see the program actually happen! We had 30 people show up and even though it was self-directed, most stayed the entire hour!
This program was setup as stations and kids and parents could to go to as many or as few as they wanted, whatever really piqued their interest. Each station was themed around one of the books from the I Survived series and we pulled related titles to have available for check out.
Station One:
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.

Kids had to build ships out of aluminum foil then add marbles to see how "uns…

#LibrariesRock Messy Mozarts!

While perusing the Storytime Underground Facebook page eons ago I came across an amazing messy sensory playtime program for little ones.

Inspired by Miss Marissa at La La Librariana blog I created our Messy Mozarts program for this year's Summer Reading program. 
This program was for ages 0-3 and required registration. This was mainly because we are using a meeting room for a program room and thus required the entire room to be covered in tarps! Bless the hearts of our facilities staff who let me do this. 
All activities were appropriate for children under 3 and if they included food I listed allergens on the signs. While the kids played and got messy, I play some classic Mozart music! 
Descriptions of our activities are below:

Rainbow Fluff Pool: I bought an inflatable kiddie pool on Amazon, filled it with pulled cotton balls and scarves and let the kiddos go wild!



Cloud Dough: 8 cups flour to every 1 cup of vegetable oil. I did NOT use baby oil because I wanted everything to be …