As Wiencek tells the stories of individual Hairstons, he uncovers the layers of a shared history at times painful, shameful, extraordinary, and joyful. Beautifully describing the land of the South and faithfully recounting what he has been told, Wiencek testifies that he "heard history not as a historian would write it but as a novelist would imagine it." The dynamic stories in The Hairstons are not solely one family's legacy but a record that reflects America's complicated process of healing and understanding the mark of slavery. --Amy Wan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book should be required reading along side any text of American history to cure a high degree of presumption.
I'm a fast reader, yet I find I can only read this book a chapter or two at a time, or some days, depending on the passages, only a few pages at a sitting.
I now have a better understanding of why the legacy of slavery continues to haunt our relationships even down to this day.
I first read this book many years ago, loaned it to a family member, who proceeded to loan it to a different family member, and that family member loaned it to someone else and I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DEMI
really enjoying reading this book. still a ways to go. but great details, etc.Published 3 months ago by Jazzlynn
I live in the area where these people live. Very enjoyable read and insight into a family like no other.Published 3 months ago by Not A Picky Customer
Part of my family history so I really needed this book. Will submit another review when I finish reading it.Published 7 months ago by Nique3
Gift to my children who are members of this family.Published 7 months ago by Hattie Lanier-Hairston
As of now I'm still reading , but I do have say it is very interesting and very formativePublished 7 months ago by Anthony Fountain