trace memory history race and the american landscape is a superb mixture of genres and methods of inquiry part historiography and anthropology part memoir and geography this book is a real survey of landscape ownership work and burial colonization and freedom custody and destruction. Kathryn aalto buzzfeed 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. Goodreads has truncated the title which is actually trace memory history race and the american landscape deleting race from the title feels like an attempt to drain the blood from the narrative this is definitely a book about race savoy is a woman of mixed race heritage and a professor of geography and environmental studies and while more flag 4 likes like see review . This is the sort of landscape lauret savoy interrogates in her book trace memory history race and the american landscape. This lyrical and sweeping essay on race memory and the american landscape covers ground sadly neglected in nature writing its ethical argument that the way we treat the environment is inextricable from how we treat our fellow human beings is one we should all pay close attention to now more than ever
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