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Book Reviews: A culinary journey through the US south & more

ENJOY THIS week's selection of reads, from the desk of our Entertainment Editor Joel Campbell:

This is the Rope - a Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African-American families relocated from the south, seeking better opportunities. The story of one family's journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who funds a rope will become part of her family's history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother.

The Bird and the Elephant by Dominic Smith

The Bird and the Elephant starts with an introduction and is then broken-up into 10 poetic discussions. It also includes 11 beautifully-drawn illustrations. A bird is flying high one day when he decides he needs to take a rest. He glances down below and aims for a large rock. But it isn't a rock - he discovers he has actually landed on an elephant's back. They begin having a conversation. The bird is impatient and hot-headed while the elephant is calming and wise. Through their discussion the bird learns a lot about life and ultimately, himself.

The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue - race - in this illuminating memoir of southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry - both black and white - through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

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