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Friday, January 11, 2013

Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

I finally joined the world of e-readers and bought myself a Kindle at the end of November.

I've always loved reading (although I hadn't been reading as much lately as I used to read years ago). I wasn't sure if I would like an e-reader as much as having an actual book in my hands and turning the pages.

I do have to say its size and weight sure make it convenient and much easier to carry around.

I am now reading my 7th book since I received my Kindle; I think it's safe to say I'm enjoying it just as much as I do books.

I am reading books I most likely wouldn't have heard of before, much less read - thanks to my mother-in-law for letting me know about Pixel of Ink!

Every day an email is sent out with listings for free Kindle books and great deals on Kindle books. I look forward to these daily emails to see what new-to-me books I can download.

The first book I read was Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written By Herself. 

The title alone was enough to catch my interest. It is a real-life account of Harriet Ann Jacobs, who was born in to slavery. The beginning of the book was a little slow and hard to get in to the story. But I am glad I kept reading and finished the book. It was inspiring to read of her perseverance and determination to escape to the free states and her will that her own two children wouldn't have to grow up as she did.

She gives heart-breaking accounts of families torn apart during auctions - parents never seeing their children again - and what female slaves had to endure in sexual advances and abuse from their owners.

It is a fascinating book to read and it contrasted starkly with a scene I witnessed last weekend.

Kayla went to the playground with 6 other kids from our street and one of the kids' older cousins.

There they were walking down the street: the older cousin and 7 kids ... including my Kayla ... the only white child in that group.

It made me smile watching them. I know everything isn't altogether perfect for race-relations; but it made me thankful for being born in, and living in, a time when a scene like that is possible.

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11 comments:

teal915 said...

I read that ok last year, and I liked it too.

teal915 said...

Redfield Farm is a good one too.
http://www.amazon.com/Redfield-Farm-Novel-Underground-Railroad/dp/0978924746

Sabrina said...

Hmm, that book sounds interesting! I'll have to add it to my reading wishlist for this year.

I love that vision of Kayla walking with the kids from your street; I can picture it so easily. I can also relate in a way, because I started a brand-new school right when I was Kayla's age, and the first two girls that I made friends with were both black. We became best friends and remained so throughout high school. I never once thought of it as odd, me being the only white girl in the group, until I thought about it later, when I was older, and realized that it never mattered.

ahoy.jenni said...

Huh! I got a kindle for xmas and I love it! First book I read was Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krauker (he is am amazing adventurer/writer/journalist), his other books are really interesting too, Into Thin Air and Into the Wild...Thanks for the tip on the kindle site, I will have a look.
We live in a very anglo community, we dont have much diversity but my family has introduced some as our adopted son is Arabic (from Egypt). Yes we get alot of looks with my very white daughter and her very dark brother! (and they both have Ds..even more looks LOL)

Cindy said...

That's so powerful. The book AND the scene of the kids at the playground! There is still so much work to be done with race equality but the kids in your neighborhood show we've come a long way!

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Jess said...

My husband got kindle for his birthday last year. I wouldn't say I was against it, but I thought it was like reading from a computer. And I do not like reading from a computer for enjoyment purposes such as a novel. Then I started using his kindle...I love it! lol

anne ♡ said...

It is so lovely that you noticed the profound depiciton of motherhood in this story. I just finished this book last night, and I absolutely loved it... her descriptions of watching her children through her peephole are truly moving.

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