The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
In a series of linked essays about his childhood in rural Edgefield, South Carolina, Lanham reclaims an environmental love and ethos for people of color. He is a self-described "eco-addict," who loves nature because "I've yet to have a wild creature question my identity. Not a single cardinal or ovenbird has ever paused in dawnsong declaration to ask the reason for my being." And that is the beauty in these essays–they offer a reminder of the intraspecies prejudice still to be resolved and the colorblind belonging available to us all among the "wild beings and [in] the wild places that should matter to us all." Recommended by Kelly
"In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored." From these fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham.