Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots One of the smartest young writers of her generation Book RiotFrom the acclaimed cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing a writer whom Roxane Gay has hailed as a force to be reckoned with comes this powerful story of her journey to understand her northern and southern roots, the Great Migration, and the displacement of black people across AmericaBetweenand , six million black Americans left their rural homes in the South for jobs in cities in the North, West, and Midwest in a movement known as The Great Migration But while this event transformed the complexion of America and provided black people with new economic opportunities, it also disconnected them from their roots, their land, and their sense of identity, argues Morgan Jerkins In this fascinating and deeply personal exploration, she recreates her ancestors journeys across America, following the migratory routes they took from Georgia and South Carolina to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and CaliforniaFollowing in their footsteps, Jerkins seeks to understand not only her own past, but the lineage of an entire group of people who have been displaced, disenfranchised, and disrespected throughout our history Through interviews, photos, and hundreds of pages of transcription, Jerkins braids the loose threads of her family s oral histories, which she was able to trace backyears, with the insights and recollections of black people she met along the way the tissue of black myths, customs, and blood that connect the bones of American historyIncisive and illuminating, Wandering in Strange Lands is a timely and enthralling look at America s past and present, one family s legacy, and a young black woman s life, filtered through her sharp and curious eyes


10 thoughts on “Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots

  1. says:

    Morgan Jerkins had heard her family s many stories and histories throughout her life but over time she began to wonder how those tales, folk sayings, etc might relate to the reality of her background Just who were her people By tracing the Great Migration in reverse and tracking specific parts of both paternal and maternal forebears, she creates a portrait of black


  2. says:

    I was seven years old when I learned that I wasn t my father s only daughter This is the line that opens Morgan Jerkins sopho novel and sets us up for a historical look into her family tree Morgan sets out to understandabout her family s history, where they came from, why they left and why they settle where they did Jerkins holds nothing back, she is unafraid of lear


  3. says:

    This is a solid well researched book I learned a ton More thoughts to come.


  4. says:

    Note I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley Morgan Jerkins investigation of her ancestors ended up becoming almost as much an avalanche of revelations to me as it was for her With every branch of the family that she thoroughly explored through visits, research, and interviews, she ended up revealing a flood of information about some facet


  5. says:

    A memoir cultural history combined Jerkins explores the Great Migration of Black folks from the south to the north through her own family s lineage From the south lands of South Carolina Georgia, to Louisiana and Oklahoma I listened to an ALC of this book courtesy of Libro.fm, and tbh, I think this has made its way into one of my fave reads of the year I loved it so muc


  6. says:

    This book is an entirely different animal from Jerkins s first book, THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING Coming into it expecting the same kind of writing might be disappointing to readers I wish I hadn t had the ghost of that book hanging over me as I read this one In THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING, Jerkins made herself vulnerable and laid herself open it s a deeply insightful and moving


  7. says:

    This wasn t the book for me Exploring her genealogy of which she knows little about, Jerkins travels to the south to explore different African American communities and their ways of life I read about half the book before abandoning it I liked reading about the different communities Gullah Geechee off the coast of South Carolina, Creoles in Louisiana but was less intereste


  8. says:

    With this book, I hope to help Black people to regain their narratives and recontextualize the shame that has been pressed upon our hearts from time immemorial We are here because we are in perpetual motion, our migratory patterns rivaling those of birds I do not believe that there is a promised land for us in America, I am disappointed that I could not find a happier end


  9. says:

    This book is worth your preorder I learned things about things that I didn t even know I didn t even know And I think hearing it all from the perspective of Morgan Jerkins as she searches for the truth of her family makes it all theriveting.


  10. says:

    As an avid family historian, I appreciated this book I am not African American, so Wandering in Strange Lands was educational for me Well researched, with the right balance of fact and personal narrative I would suggest this book to anyone interested in family history, African American culture history, or the American South Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the op


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