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Someone Knows My Name

Hill, Lawrence, 1957- (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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WW Norton
"You feel you are turning the pages of history, the pages of truth."—Austin Clarke, author of The Polished Hoe
Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.

Baker & Taylor
Dreaming daily of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina and returning to her African home, slave Aminata Diallo is torn from her family when she is sold and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War, during which she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king. 25,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
"You feel you are turning the pages of history, the pages of truth."—Austin Clarke, author of The Polished Hoe
Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.

Blackwell North Amer
Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata Diallo works in the indigo fields and as a midwife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape. In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the King with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her people - even when it comes at a price.

Baker
& Taylor

Dreaming of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina and returning to her African home, slave Aminata Diallo is thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War, during which she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king.

Authors: Hill, Lawrence, 1957-
Statement of Responsibility: Lawrence Hill
Uniform Title: Book of Negroes
Title: Someone knows my name
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 486 p. ; 25 cm.
Notes: Originally published as: The book of Negroes
Subject Headings: Slavery Fiction Slaves United States Fiction African American loyalists Fiction Blacks Nova Scotia Fiction African American loyalists Sierra Leone Fiction Antislavery movements Great Britain Fiction United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Fiction
Topical Term: Slavery
Slaves
African American loyalists
Blacks
African American loyalists
Antislavery movements
LCCN: 2007008035
ISBN: 9780393065787
0393065782
Branch Call Number: FIC H
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Oct 26, 2013
  • nat_cyr0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing characters and plot in this book, this is one book that you simply must read if you love history. Lawrence Hill is a good author.

Aug 15, 2013
  • stevie22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is excellent. I met the author in Halifax Nova Scotia who signed my book. In Canada, the book is titled "The Book of Negores". Interesting.

Originally The Book of Negroes

Jul 18, 2013
  • lizpar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Holy schlamoly this book is long. That being said, I think you will find it a very rewarding read if you make it the whole way through. Definitely a must for a history buff.

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Born in Toronto in 1957, Hill is the son of a black man and a white woman, both civil rights activists. In this breathtaking, wrenching and inspiring novel, he depicts the life of a woman who survives history’s most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality: Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745.

Best book in this category yet that I have read

Apr 08, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best I've read. Loved it so much that I bought it for my bookshelf. Definitely an A+

Jan 15, 2013
  • maberry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have ever read. This is my third reading in 5 years. With my recommendation my book club could not say enough good things regarding how well it is written. It is like turning the pages of history.

Jan 07, 2013
  • harteford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Definitely at the top of my top ten list. This is a story you can totally get lost in; you don't want to pick this up when you have other things to do.

Aug 09, 2012
  • cynthiavg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

truly a masterpiece

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