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#IfYouLiked: Wandering in Strange Lands

by KJ in #AmReading

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Caste is the read of the moment, and with good reason. I learned so much history that I wish had been a fundamental part of my education, especially growing up in Texas and Kansas, where there was a focus on American expansion. That said, it’s anything but dry. There are so many personal stories contained within it. It really is a #mustread—and I’d put Wandering in Strange Lands in that category as well. As a much more personal history, it’s an amazing exploration of how the history of Blacks in the US affects individual Blacks now—and of how not knowing our history (something I, as a person without a deep family connection to place, can really relate to) can mean not fully knowing ourselves. @_morganjerkins goes all the way into her own background, right down to family legends she’s always considered dubious, and doesn’t shy away from anything she discovers, as much as she might have liked to. This is a story of Blacks as slaves and as Freemen and as slave owners and how the ghosts of those tragedies still walk—with a wonderful exploration of ghosts, spirituality, belief and the power of evil in past and present generations. I loved every word of it and it’s a big recommend. Cannot WAIT to talk to Morgan on the #amwriting podcast. Grab the book and be ready! #alwaysfullybooked #lovereading #booksareessential #nonfictionreads #nonfictionnovember #ownvoicesbooks #blackhistorymatters #bookstagram #booklover #booknerd

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Caste is the read of the moment, and with good reason. I learned so much history that I wish had been a fundamental part of my education, especially growing up in Texas and Kansas, where there was a focus on American expansion. That said, it’s anything but dry. There are so many personal stories contained within it. It really is a #mustread—and I’d put Wandering in Strange Lands in that category as well. As a much more personal history, it’s an amazing exploration of how the history of Blacks in the US affects individual Blacks now—and of how not knowing our history (something I, as a person without a deep family connection to place, can really relate to) can mean not fully knowing ourselves. @_morganjerkins goes all the way into her own background, right down to family legends she’s always considered dubious, and doesn’t shy away from anything she discovers, as much as she might have liked to. This is a story of Blacks as slaves and as Freemen and as slave owners and how the ghosts of those tragedies still walk—with a wonderful exploration of ghosts, spirituality, belief and the power of evil in past and present generations. I loved every word of it and it’s a big recommend. Cannot WAIT to talk to Morgan on the #amwriting podcast. Grab the book and be ready!


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