'In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest sense, colored.' From these fertile soils - of love, land, identity, family, and race - emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham.
Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina - a place 'easy to pass by on the way to somewhere else' - has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be the rare bird, the oddity to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field.