January Term Book Club 2018 Presents:
By Lauret Savoy
Sand and stone are Earth’s fragmented memory. Each of us, too, is a landscape inscribed by memory and loss. One life-defining lesson Lauret Savoy learned as a young girl was this: the American land did not hate. As an educator and Earth historian, she has tracked the continent’s past from the relics of deep time; but the paths of ancestors toward her—paths of free and enslaved Africans, colonists from Europe, and peoples indigenous to this land—lie largely eroded and lost.
In this provocative mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, Lauret Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked her and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.
2016 American Book Award from Before Columbus Foundation.
Finalist for the PEN American Open Book Award and Phillis Wheatley Book
Trace invites you to reflect on how places are created, and foster a variety of perspectives that recognizes lasting injustices of our society. As well as realizing the contexts of racism on the American land in a narrative that impacts us deeply.
SDIS will be hosting weekly book discussion events in January 2018. Come join us on this journey. Sign up for the J-Term Book Club this coming up Fall. Questions/Interests contact Dia Yang, SDIS Education Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.