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Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Biography

“A compelling and important history that this nation desperately needs to hear.” (Bryan Stevenson, New York Times best-selling author of Just Mercy and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative)

Winfred Rembert grew up in a family of Georgia field laborers and joined the civil rights movement as a teenager. He was arrested after fleeing a demonstration, later survived a near-lynching at the hands of law enforcement, and spent the next seven years on chain gangs. 

During that time he met the undaunted Patsy, who would become his wife. Years later, at the age of 51 and with Patsy’s encouragement, he started drawing and painting scenes from his youth using leather tooling skills he learned in prison. 

Chasing Me to My Grave presents Rembert’s breathtaking body of work alongside his story, as told to Tufts Philosopher Erin I. Kelly. Rembert calls forth vibrant scenes of Black life on Cuthbert, Georgia’s Hamilton Avenue, where he first glimpsed the possibility of a life outside the cotton field. As he pays tribute, exuberant and heartfelt, to Cuthbert’s Black community and the people, including his wife, Patsy, who helped him to find the courage to revisit a traumatic past, Rembert brings to life the promise and the danger of civil rights protest, the brutalities of incarceration, his search for his mother’s love, and the epic bond he found with Patsy. 

Vivid, confrontational, revelatory, and complex, Chasing Me to My Grave is a searing memoir in prose and paintings that celebrates Black life and summons listeners to confront painful and urgent realities at the heart of American history and society. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Winfred Rembert and Erin I. Kelly (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Remarkable Memoir, Both Beautiful and Brutal

This memoir will linger in my memory for quite a while. It reminds me of the metaphor of "walking a mile in another person's shoes." Sadly, I doubt that any of the stories Rembert tells of growing up in the latter years of the Jim Crow era in a small town in Georgia will come as a surprise to an African American reader, but for most white readers, it will be an eye-opening window into the sometimes harrowing experience of living as a Black person where racism was a daily lived experience, a world where virtually every white person called you or referred to you, reflexively, by the n-word and almost never by your name. One might think that these scenes he describes are from an era long-past, but then you remember no, it was in the lifetime of many, including me, now alive. Beautifully told story, highly recommended.

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PERFECT 10. Best Memoir! Buy Audio and Book!!

I sat in silence after reading and listening to the end of this deeply moving memoir. I was touched on such a profound level it took me a while to come back to full consciousness and aware of my surroundings. There are so many layers to this story; I consider it divine intervention that this book found me. It was an honor to have read about Winfred Rembert the artist, father, man, friend, historical hero who embodies the power and strength of the black man's spirit. His wife is the eternal light that kept his fire burning; their love story is a god-given gift to us all. I can't describe how important this book is to our African-American story of power and raw truth. I am changed on a soul level from reading about his life and the way he was able to retell the intimate emotional experience of just living black in America. You must listen to the Audiobook's narrator, Dion Graham, who was powerful and embodied the full spirit of Winfred Rembert's soul. You must buy the book to enjoy the images of his artwork.

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Couldnt put this down, I had to keep listening

I loved this book, the vocals are on point and emotional, the story itself is beautiful, real, raw, and fully encompassed all sides of Winfred, both good and bad. I really care about his success and can relate to some of the pain he feels. it's a must read/listen.

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Extraordinary Story, Powerfully Told

I just finished listening and find myself moved deeply by his life story. His words are as expressive as his art and reveal a courageous man who was able to persevere through impossible circumstances and emerge with his love for his beloved Patsy as vital as ever.
A towering achievement!

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