The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory, and Redemption

The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory, and Redemption

Bertice Berry / Sep 15, 2019

The Ties That Bind A Memoir of Race Memory and Redemption When novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family she initially believed she d uncover a story of slavery and black pain but the deeper she dug the surprises she found There was

  • Title: The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory, and Redemption
  • Author: Bertice Berry
  • ISBN: 9780767924146
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family, she initially believed she d uncover a story of slavery and black pain, but the deeper she dug, the surprises she found There was heartache, yes, but also something unexpected hope Peeling away the layers, Berry came to learn that the history of slavery cannot be quantified in simple, black andWhen novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family, she initially believed she d uncover a story of slavery and black pain, but the deeper she dug, the surprises she found There was heartache, yes, but also something unexpected hope Peeling away the layers, Berry came to learn that the history of slavery cannot be quantified in simple, black and white terms of good and evil but is rather a complex tapestry of roles and relations, of choices and individual responsibility.In this poignant, reflective memoir, Berry skillfully relays the evolution of relations between the races, from slavery to Reconstruction, from the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power 1970s, and on to the present day In doing so, she sheds light on a picture of the past that not only liberates but also unites and evokes the need to forgive and be forgiven.

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    1. I love this book. I listened to it on audio and found another favorite narrator. This book is only four cd's long. And if you know me i re-listen to cd's when they are good. This one i rewound each cd. I am happy to sit with this book and learn from Dr. Berry about the human side of people we may have judged by grouping them together. I have learned that she is always consistent in her message and that is love. I recommend this book to anyone who has time to repeat the lesson even after the firs [...]


    2. At times I felt I was prying by turning the pages as Beatrice Berry tells the story of her life. She shows, through her feelings, and those later expressed by her mother, how poverty and the attitudes it engenders breeds abuse.Ms. Berry's mother, like many other single mothers was looking for love and Beatrice gives us a sketch of how this played out. She also gives us a sketch of how education lifted her from the poverty and its resulting abuse. When her mother quit drinking and was able to ref [...]


    3. In her latest novel, The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory, and Redemption, she writes "When we remember our ancestors and their stories, we light a pathway for our own journey to spiritual, emotional, and intellectual freedom." I think this novel is a cathartic journey for Berry as she attempts to reconcile the maligning of a man's character and name and encourage readers to heal through forgiveness and encouragement. She opens with references to an earlier work, Redemption Song, in whic [...]


    4. I probably would not have found/selected this book to read on my own, but read it because Bertice Berry is speaking where I work in a month and I was curious to see what she was like before I hear her in person. I didn't expect to overly enjoy this memoir but I actually enjoyed it. Berry explores her family history, particular her relationship with her mother and her maternal mother's relationship with slavery and whites. I immediately liked Berry from the introductory chapters because she admit [...]


    5. A fabulous book! This book, part memoir and part historical, by Bertice Berry has so many different facets and as a result I like this book for many different reasons! From the beginning, I immediately liked Berry because her voice is clear and honest. While we grew up in very different situations, I am caucasian and middle class, we are about the same age and I could relate to so many parts in the book. I too finally listened to my mother’s stories just before she died and it was a precious g [...]


    6. no oreo a sellout, preconceived notion of greatness and evil, don’t turn back on wisdom, joy pain struggle love forgive, love stronger than evil, half-truth not truth, too much pride leads to fall, the way out is back through, poke rolls grits beans, wake up singing, pain temporary peace eternal, 7by7, thing we fear most will always happen, beat the black off you, descendants of spiritual zealots, PA Crozer King Jr, science hair block, women freed before successful, data tells story, power wri [...]


    7. Relating the story of her family's past, Bertice Berry realized that she did not fully understand of what that past consisted. It was only at the end of her mother's life that she finally began to listen to the stories told of good white people who owned the farm where her ancestors lived and worked. Before this time she believed her people to be slaves. Her previous novel had castigated the supposed slave owner of her family and with this book she seeks to redeem herself for her misinformation. [...]


    8. I saw Bertice Berry speak back in November, and I've been wanting to read one of her books since then. This book did not disappoint. It was a very real, well-written look into both her recent history and into the history of her ancestors within the lens of larger cultural issues. While sitting in the hospital with her mother, Berry hears a documentary on abolitionists mention the name of the man she assumed had owned her great-grandfather. What she learns is that he was actually a vital part of [...]


    9. Could you imagine writing a best-seller using someone's name as a malicious slave owner --only to discover that he was really a major player in the Underground Railroad? Bertice Berry bares all and explains all that she discovered when she put down her preconceived notions and really looked at her family's history. This memoir is one everyone should read. We can learn so much and teach our children how to embrace our pasts for a better future.


    10. I listened to this book. The author is a sociologist, and did a good job of researching her family history. Very interesting, especially for the illumination of ties among blacks and whites in slavery times and just after in Delaware.


    11. I saw Dr. Berry at a conference and she was pretty amazing. This book only reinforced some of the powerful messages I took from her speech.


    12. This was in many was a strange memoir to read.  Although the author and I likely stand far apart on many issues of politics, and certainly that is true of identity, there was a great deal about this book that I found to be intriguing.  It was not my intent to read this book with the idea that I would agree with a lot of it, and in truth I found much that I disagreed with and found to be somewhat blameworthy on the part of the author.  Nevertheless, in reading this book I sought to better unde [...]


    13. Maybe I had some mixed-up expectations of this book when I plucked it off of my local library's Black History Month display. I had thought that this book was going to be more of a story than it ended up being, which was a letdown mostly because Berry has so much great stuff to say! I understand what she was trying to accomplish in writing in this format and why it was probably the right way for her, but as a reader, I just didn't get caught up in it the way that I could have. If Berry had gone m [...]


    14. All these reviews are excellent. I think what Dr. Berry is saying is really important. It was very interesting. It made me realize how little I know of any specifics--about any history. Throughout history I bet the world has been full of good people who aren't getting news coverage. This book importantly pushes the reader to think about that. The book is written however mainly to apologize for a mistake. In an earlier work, Dr. Berry described a man, who gave much of his life's energy to fightin [...]


    15. Bertice Berry is a talented author, and this book is her penance for smearing the name of a good man. To her eternal credit, she dodges none of the blame and does her best to right in nonfiction a wrong she committed in fiction. Along the way we get to learn of her pain and growth, she shares terrible and wonderful stories from her past, of the growth of her family and her family's history with the tragic and the heroic. It is a short book and an easy ready, but I learned much more than I knew a [...]


    16. I was really looking forward to listening to a book that had more history in it. This came off as a combination of a maudlin memoir and a self-help book--and I have never read a self-help book in my life and really didn't want to start now. It was a struggle to make it to the end on this one, and I found myself yelling at the author to "GET ON WITH THE STORY!" a number of times. Oh well, that is one way to stay awake when you are driving, I guess.


    17. A look at the writer's search for her family history. She knew she would find pain and heartbreak from the years of slavery endured by her ancestors, but she also discovered hope, enlightenment, and new perspective into how the old connects with the new. Very good read (she's also from the area i work in, so it was interesting to see places that I'm familiar with being mentioned).


    18. I have had the opportunity to read a number of excellent memoirs over the past year and this one fits into it. I would say my only criticism of the book is that I would like to have seen the author expound on a number of things that I feel that she just touched on. The book was short, only 170~some odd pages, and could have been longer. That is the only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me.


    19. I wish I could've met the author's mother - she sounds like a wonderful person (once she got past the first part of her life & even then, I am sure there were glimpses of the person she was). This book also helped me understand more about African Americans & their culture.




    20. Dr. Berry is one of my favorite authors and this iis no disappointment. IT has more history and factual accounts than her other books buut she still manages to convey her warmth, humor, and love.


    21. This book was a disapointment. if you ever saw her TV show or read RESEMPTION SONG, you had read or heard the story in this book. Only a few additional facts were added.




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