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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bertice Berry Narrator: Karen Chilton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family, she initially believed she’d uncover a story of slavery and black pain, but the deeper she dug, the more surprises she found. There was heartache, yes, but also something unexpected: hope. Peeling away the layers, Berry came to learn that the history of slavery cannot be quantified in simple, black-and-white terms of “good” and “evil” but is rather a complex tapestry of roles and relations, of choices and individual responsibility.

In this poignant, reflective memoir, Berry skillfully relays the evolution of relations between the races, from slavery to Reconstruction, from the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power 1970s, and on to the present day. In doing so, she sheds light on a picture of the past that not only liberates but also unites and evokes the need to forgive and be forgiven.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Berry’s competently researched book, with its sprinklings of history, folklore and scripture along with a motivational thrust, provides an accessible, readable introduction for others.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Historians and the general public will love this provocative story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Berry continues to demonstrate an uncanny aptitude for weaving African-American history into entertaining, empowering stories both fictional and personal.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shone | 11/10/2012

    " This book was a disapointment. if you ever saw her TV show or read RESEMPTION SONG, you had read or heard the story in this book. Only a few additional facts were added. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 4/3/2012

    " I found the info in the book very interesting. It tended to get a little repeatative though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 9/25/2011

    " Lovely thoughts, too many random lovely thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rose | 8/20/2011

    " I listened to this book. The author is a sociologist, and did a good job of researching her family history. Very interesting, especially for the illumination of ties among blacks and whites in slavery times and just after in Delaware. "

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