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Roots by Alex Haley
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Jan 18, 2012

it was amazing
Read in July, 1986

I first read this book at the age of eight. Most would think that is a fairly long novel for someone that age to understand, let alone read. By this time I had already devoured Black Boy and Native Son by Richard Wright, and I was thinking about what my next read would be at the time. My mother had tons of black literature on her bookshelf, and I read all of them, except Roots. I was always intimidated by it's thickness. I remember watching television around that time and seeing that the roots television series would be re-visited. That television series actually came out the year that I was born, in 1977. What I truly Admire about Haley's work looking at it now as an adult was the painstaking task of doing his research, not having the resources such as the internet to discover his roots. As a kid, It turned out to be a great read for me. Haley was a magnificent story teller, and could paint a vivid picture of what it would have been like for these actual people. Kids love stories right?
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Sue Grace What a wonderful mother you have! A great reader nurtured another that gift in you.

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