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February 15, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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VIRTUAL: Ashland Adult Book Club: Read "All That She Carried"

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Please join us over Zoom for a discussion of "All That She Carried" by Tiya Miles.

This is a VIRTUAL event - you must register to receive the Zoom link to attend.  Once you register you will receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them, they will be coming from


NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER . NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to crafta"deeply layered and insightful" ( The Washington Post )testament to people who are left out of the archives. WINNER- PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award,Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize,Lawrence W. Levine Award, Darlene Clark Hine Award, Cundill History Prize, John Kelly Memorial Prize, Massachusetts Book Award ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR- The Washington Post, Slate, Vulture, Publishers Weekly "A history told with brilliance and tenderness and fearlessness."-Jill Lepore, author of These Truths- A History of the United States In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named Rose faced a crisis- the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag for her with a few items, and, soon after, the nine-year-old girl was separated from her mother and sold. Decades later, Ashley's granddaughter Ruth embroidered this family history on the sack in spare, haunting language. Historian Tiya Miles carefully traces these women's faint presence in archival records, and, where archives fall short, she turns to objects, art, and the environment to write a singular history of the experience of slavery, and the uncertain freedom afterward, in the United States. All That She Carried is a poignant story of resilience and love passed down against steep odds. It honors the creativity and resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today 

FINALIST- Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Harriet Tubman Prize, MAAH Stone Book Award, Kirkus Prize, Mark Lynton History Prize, Chatauqua Prize ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR- The New York Times, NPR, Time, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smithsonian Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ms. magazine, Book Riot, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist

We'll have some copies of the book at the library or you can order it from our online catalog.

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