I discovered April’s 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge at Good Books and Good Wine. Each day has a different prompt, though anyone can jump in at any time. It’s a great way to get to know each other as well as explore different topics that I might not have touched on. The 15 different challenges are:
Today’s Challenge: Describe one underappreciated book EVERYONE should read.
Typically, I suck at these kinds of questions. I know I read a lot. I know I love quite a few books. To actually recall books though…I’m not that good at it. I don’t know why. And yet..
I have one for today’s question!
Everyone should read The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans by John Bailey. This was one of those gems of a used book store that people tell legends about. It happens every once in a blue moon, when you wander the shelves of your favorite used book store (mine is in Old Town Manassas-of Civil War infamy-and is called Prospero’s) and discover cool random books you have never heard of before but whose titles scream at you to pick them up.
Well I did just that with The Lost German Slave Girl and it was such a lucky pick. The chapters alternate between hard nonfiction facts about certain subjects and the fictionalized prose story of the main subject matter-a girl whose family tries to come to New Orleans after suffering the famine in Europe, but she ends up an orphan. And because of the crazy race laws at the time, she ends up as a slave and a court case comes out to prove that she is not one of the various shades of black that would make it more ‘appropriate’ for her to be a slave, but actually Germanic. It’s truly a fascinating book for anyone interested in early American history, in particular the strange melting pot that is New Orleans and the craziness of race laws.