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Roots by Alex Haley
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Sep 04, 07

bookshelves: classics, biography, fiction, historical
Recommended for: anyone
Read in August, 2007

"Roots" has always been one of those books I knew I had to read eventually. It's just one of those "important" books that everyone brags about actually reading.

I inherited it from a friend about 6-7 years ago and it's been on my shelf looking impressive since then. I like to mix in heavy books with my lighter books for balance and knew eventually I'd have to get to that one. And after a summer of comic books and books about wizards and vampires, I knew it was time.

I expected it to be heavy. I expected to appreciate it's literary and historical value. I didn't expect, however, how much I'd actually enjoy it.

It's got a very good story to it that surprised me. I think what affected me the most was Alex Haley's research into his roots. I did almost weep along with him when his research led him to the small African Village that his ancestor came from and got the other side of that story.

Now, I know more about this book than just the Reading Rainbow Georgie La Forge guy. And I love it.
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