August 2017 Book of the Month

Every month, the avid readers in our Books department choose one new title that needs to be shared. It's a book we've read, a book that's made us fall in love, and one that lingered with us long after the last page had been turned. The sort of title you recommend to a friend with a small smile, knowing they're about to discover something unexpected and wonderful.

We're so invested in getting more people to read this book that as added encouragement, you save 25% when you buy it during its featured month.

August Title: The Home Place

This month, we're introducing you to J. Drew Lanham's debut book, The Home Place.

Lanham is a professor of wildlife ecology, an ornithologist, a husband, a father, and a brother. He's also a black American man. With the average birder being a white, middle-aged woman, Lanham found himself to be a "rare bird" in the field. His book is a lush love letter to the natural world and ornithology, but one that is also inexorably tied to ideas of family, history, identity, and belonging.

Nature remains the center of the author's insightful essays, but we're particularly drawn to the details about his own life. Passages about his childhood in wildlife-rich Edgefield, South Carolina—a piece of land that had been worked by Lanhams since times of slavery—and his experiences as one of the few black men in his field in modern America are by turns nostalgic, painful, and filled with grace. The result is a work that is meandering, contemplative, and entirely lovely, like a stroll through a pristine wood with the best of companions.

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