Cornelia Walker Bailey models herself after the African griot, the tribal storytellers who keep the history of their people. Bailey's people are the Geechee, whose cultural identity has been largely preserved due to the relative isolation of Sapelo, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. In this rich account, Bailey captures the experience of growing up in an island community that counted the spirits of its departed among its members, relied on pride and ingenuity in the face of hardship, and taught her firsthand how best to reap the bounty of the marshes, woods and ocean that surrounded her. The power of this memoir to evoke the life of Sapelo Island is remarkable, and the history it preserves is invaluable.
important & invaluable recollection of Gullah Geechee life and culture on Sapelo Island. Easy to read and difficult to put down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily
One of my favorites. Loved it so much, I made a trip to Sapelo Island. Great experience highlighted by reading the book first.Published 4 months ago by linda hetherington
I had previously read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it so much I brought one for a friend. We visited the area around Sapelo Island,Ga and having read the book the area really... Read morePublished 5 months ago by BJ Brooks
Mrs. Bailey is a precious gem and a true wealth of knowledge. Not only did I read and enjoy the book, but my book club visited Sapelo Island and had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by PT Cruiser
An amazing and beautiful book. The perfect combination of memoir and folklore. When, as a small child, the author died and came back to life, her family predicted that she would do... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jack D. Horn
A book that talks about a place less know and needs to be known.
You try it you like it.
This book was like hearing my mother talk to me. The stories recall a culture that lives within those who have been touched by it and may not have known; that is how it was for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eudowa Vincent