Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Side effects of Diet Pepsi.

This meme is courtesy of a crazy funny blogging chick named Swishy.
I am so inclined so here you go.

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you once you've posted your three sentences.

Cane River by Lalita Tademy
"I have something to show you." He carried a stack of skins by the bundler's knot in one hand, and with the other he pulled Philomene close to him by the waist as they walked to the toolshed. It was a small shed, barely big enough to hold the plow, hoes, pickaxes, and other tools for the farm, but it had a door, and it was out of the weather.

Cane River was not exactly the nearest book, that would be the manual for our new laptop. I'm thinkin' you don't much care about that so instead, I swiped the nearest book off our bookshelf & turns out I haven't read it yet. However, It's an Oprah's Book Club selection that my sweet MIL sent to me, (She sends me books all the time God bless her) & I usually love them so I'm sure it's a dandy.

Here's what the dust cover says:

A unique accomplishment, this is a history never before told, an epic novel of four generations of African-American women, a work based on one family's actual meticulously researched past - and a book with enormous implications for us all.
Lalita Tedemy had always been intensely interested in her family's stories, especially ones about her great-grandmother Emily, a formidable figure who died with her life's savings hidden in her mattress. Probing deeper for her family's roots, Tademy soon found herself swept up in an obsessive two-year odyssey - and leaving her corporate career for the little Louisiana farming community of...
Cane River
It was here, on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne, that author Lalita Tademy found her family's roots - and the stories of four astonishing women who battled vast injustices to create a legacy of hope and achievement. They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent early years of the twentieth century. Through it all, they fought to unite their family and forge success on their own terms.
Here amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-great-great-great grandmother Elisabeth would bear both a proud heritage and the yoke of slavery. Her youngest daughter, Suzette, would be the first to discover the promise - and heartbreak - of freedom. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene would use determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of-economic independence. And Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, would fight to secure her children's just due and preserve their future against dangerous odds.
In a novel that combines painstaking historical reconstruction with unforgettable storytelling, Lalita Tademy presents an all too rarely seen part of American history, complete with a provocative portrayal of the complex, unspoken bonds between slaves and slave owners. Most of all, she gives us the saga of real, flesh-and-blood women making hard choices in the face of unimaginable loss, securing their identity and independence in order to face any obstacle, and inspiring all the generations to come.

Sounds purty good to me, I'm-a make this my next read!

To quote Swishy, "If you're so inclined, consider yourself tagged."

(BTW, if you want to know what the heck the title of this post means, you must read this post.)


Mari said...

This is a fun Meme. The book sounds interesting!

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