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In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history.

The slave, Hartman observes, is a stranger-torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade. Written in prose that is fresh, insightful, and deeply affecting, Lose Your Mother is a "landmark text" (Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams).

©2007 Saidiya Hartman (P)2021 Tantor

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depressing and too wordy,

depressing and wordy, too picturesque for such good data. hard to listen to, despite great amount of data

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A Generous Journey

Saidiya Hartman unravels complex histories, challenging memories, and desires for freedom, for another social order. Her account is relatable, onerous, vulnerable, and generous as it takes the reader to many places and time periods. Beautiful written, this amazing blend of poignant memoir and informative historical text is a must read/listen to for everyone, who studies slavery, racism, colonialism, and memory.
Regarding the performance- Great narrator as well. I especially appreciated the altered voices to designate speakers.

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A great book.

The narrator is excellent except while reciting in the various accents she tried. This does not take away from this very important story/book.