Someone Knows My Name

Hill, Lawrence, 1957-

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Someone Knows My Name
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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.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393065787
0393065782
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 486 p. ; 25 cm.

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Mar 30, 2015
  • karen9 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A historical story and interesting. Kind of long, and more captivating for those interested in history. It was decent but not my area of specialty.

Mar 28, 2015
  • Memawrayne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. A wonderful story that shows the human spirit at its best, even when it's in the most horrible circumstances. Everyone should read this. Not just those with African-American heritage.

Dec 23, 2014
  • musiclover23 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

couldn't get into it

Nov 17, 2014
  • Christineglenda rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good book.

Nov 06, 2014
  • mprimom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Author of "The book of Negroes". This book is outstanding, well written and keep you into the story til the end. Love this book. One Lawewnce Hill'best.

Apr 18, 2014
  • mayfairlady rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing story of one woman's life as she survives despite deplorable conditions and times.

Feb 18, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a well crafted novel that is very engrossing. Due to the subject matter there are obviously some despicable happenings but that should not stop anyone from reading it. It is not done in a prurient fashion. There were one or two themes that I wished the author explored further but regardless of that fact the book is excellent.

Jan 05, 2014
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fantastic book. Excellent historical read with a powerful story.

Nov 10, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book. Difficult to read at times but that's the point. Fun tidbit: The author's brother is Dan Hill, known for his "Sometimes When We Touch" song!

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.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Aug 30, 2013
  • Jerath rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When it comes to understanding others, we rarely tax our imaginations." -Aminata Diallo

Aug 16, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I have escaped violent endings even as they have surrounded me. But I never had the privilege of holding onto my children living with him, raising them the way my own parents raised me for ten or eleven years until all of our lives were torn asunder." - Aminata Diallo

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Aug 16, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lawrence Hill's fictional biography, The Book of Negroes, grabs the reader from the first sentence. Aminata Diallo lives in the village of Bayo in West Africa and, because her mother and father come from different groups, speaks both their languages. In 1745, at eleven years old, Aminata is stolen from her village by slavers and marched three months westward to the Atlantic Ocean. Once there, she is placed on a slave ship and transported to South Carolina where she is sold to an indigo producer.

The girl endures hellish conditions both in the slave ship and on the indigo plantation, but is finally sold to a family her takes her to the infant city of New York. Aminata never loses her determination to escape captivity and to return to her village, but her life leads her into paths that she cannot predict.

Hill not only tells a fascinating story, he also presents a very readable history of the conditions and economic levers driving slavery. The book takesthe reader across continents, oceans, and countries, as well as through the factors that forced Britain to outlaw slavery at home and in its colonies.

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