#Manifest20 · Book Review

My Favorite Book of 2019

I have already reviewed Homegoing so I’m reblogging my post about it. It’s my choice for Best Book of the Year (though it was published a few years ago). I read a lot of memorable novels in 2019, but this one blew me away.

Be warned: it’s tough reading! My bonus mom couldn’t finish it because she found it so heartbreaking. I think it’s important to reflect on history and see how wounds are passed down through the generations. If society is to heal, it’s essential that we acknowledge the past and confront institutional racism. This book presents the best case for slavery reparations that I’ve read to date. I think it should be required reading in schools. I look forward to reading future books by Yaa Gyasi. She is a very talented writer!

Prompt Day 10: What was the best book you read in 2019? What did you like about it? #Manifest20

Confessions of a Patchwork Momma

“Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.” – Maame

I finished reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi a few days ago.  A character in the novel, Mrs. Pinkston, asks her high school English student, “What do you think of the book? But do you love it? Do you feel it inside you?” 

As an avid reader, I understand the importance of this question.  Though I read a lot of highly acclaimed books, it’s not often that I’m able to answer in the affirmative. Reading Homegoing was one of the rare occasions when the words resonated on a deeper level; the story was as personal and deeply felt as if I were reading about my own family. At times I felt almost sick with rage.  I could easily picture my father’s ancestors stripped of their humanity, forced to suffer the…

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