Vulture selects Trace as one of seven books to read this November

Vulture selects Trace as one of seven books to read this November

New York Magazine‘s Vulture included Lauret Savoy‘s Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape in their monthly roundup of books to read this November.

 

November 4, 2015

7 Books You Need to Read This November

Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape, by Lauret Savoy (Counterpoint, November 10)

Savoy is a geologist at Mount Holyoke, but this sui generis creation, wherein John McPhee meets James Baldwin, dissolves all academic boundaries. Trace is a memoir, a meditation on landscape and identity, and a travelogue with a mission. “As an Earth historian,” writes Savoy, “I once sought the relics of deep time. To be an honest woman, I must trace other residues of hardness.” Digging for her family roots in America’s tripartite legacy — natives, African slaves, and European settlers — she unearths some genealogy, but more fruitful are the connections she makes between philosophy, ecology, and race.