BOOK REVIEW: HOMEGOING by YAA GYASI

How lovely when you find a book so intoxicating that you can’t put it down! Ms. Gyasi’s words brought each character and scene to life so much so that a reader could almost feel the ocean breeze against their own skin.  Her ability to juxtapose class and privilege across both regions, countries, and states is a testament to not only how well researched this book is, but, in its own way, how events affect people in different ways across generations. My sister recommended this to me as she knew I had a heavy interest in pre-colonial history and I was not only impressed with Ms. Gyasi’s ability to weave a story, but to turn each character’s own curiosity and trepidation into the reader’s! 

I highly recommend that you buy this book if you enjoy learning about the culture and community of Ghana, the perils of the Gold Coast slave trade, the struggle of freed slaves to find work after the Civil War, mining and worker’s rights and challenges, and the beating heart of black men and women in the United States. Ms. Gyasi demonstrates the danger of ignoring, denying, and refusing to pass down one’s history, no matter how ugly it is. Homegoing is a story of forgiveness, love, pride, and hope.  I encourage you all to take the time to add it to your summer reading.

It will definitely hold your attention from page to page!

JUST WRITE IT! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?

So many people I know have amazing ideas. Ideas on books, movies, artwork, children’s games, nonprofits, and new inventions. Few have followed their gut and actually made their dreams, ideas, or plans a reality. Just do it! What do you have to lose? Okay, pause. I can already hear the excuses starting to roll in and I’m sure they sound something like this:

…I don’t have any spare time.

…I get home too late.

…I’m so tired after work.

…I’m too old to start. 

I made the same excuses too, but I decided to follow my dreams. None of these excuses are enough to stop that wriggling worm that’s eating its way into your mind at random times during the day reminding you of the fantastic idea you have, squirming around in your subconscious wondering why you haven’t plucked it from your brain and put it onto paper. Well guess what? It’s not going away. Any. Time. Soon. When it finally does go away the only thing it leaves behind is REGRET. The internet is at your fingertips to find resources on how to make your plan happen. And simply because this site is dedicated to BOOKS I’m here to tell you that the amazing story you have bottled up inside those fingers just waiting to fly over a keyboard or race a pencil across a page is what we are waiting for. Give the people what they want! Simply because I know people like examples and motivation that they can get things done, here are a few: 

1. The Martian? Originally written by a computer programmer on his own website and self published and sold on Amazon for - wait for it- 99 cents! He took calls from his CUBICLE on book and movie rights while fixing computer glitches!

2. Girl With a Pearl Earring? Written by Tracy Chevalier (and later made into a movie) after her agent asked her if she had any more ideas on her next work - to which she answered she’d been thinking about the origins of a girl in a painting that hung in her house…that happened to be wearing pearl earrings. 

If you’re still not convinced, the only thing I have for you is my favorite line from the movie Inception: Do you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone? 

I’m rooting for you!…So why are you still reading this post when you should be writing? ;-)