24 Books to Christmas – Day 6

baublesToday’s recommendation for 24 Books to Christmas is The Healing by Jonathan Odell.  I first became acquainted with this book on Denise’s YouTube channel ArtBooksLife. My curiosity was immediately peaked when I heard her talking about it. I couldn’t resist. I immediately purchased it but didn’t get around to reading it until 2016. I had the pleasure of buddy reading it with another Booktuber, Pretty Brown Eye Reader.  We had an excellent time discussing the story and marveled at the complexity and originality that is found in it.

The Healing is a slave narrative set in the back drop of Pre-Civil War South. It’s a story not at all like most we are used to reading in this genre.  From character development to story pacing to themes , Odell took the time to make sure this story was written in the most authentic way possible. In his Notes to the Reader Odell said, “Through writing The Healing and by stitching together my own family history, I have discovered the truth in the old saying “Facts can explain us, but only story will save us.”  Granada alias Gran Gran and Polly Shine are the best characters in the book.  You’ll surely find Polly Shine the healingintriguing and charismatic.  Both of these characters are unforgettable.


“Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.” (The Healing, cover flap)

I recommend The Healing to readers who appreciate slave narratives and to readers who don’t like slave narratives because they feel they are repetitive and never bring anything new to the table.  This would also make a great Christmas gift to those who might enjoy a book that they probably haven’t heard of, since this book was virtually not talked about enough when it came out.  Check out the video below of Jonathan Odell talking about race. It’s an excellent video to understand better Odell’s background and why he writes what he writes.



The Healing – Jonathan Odell

Publisher:  Nan A.Talese/Doubleday

Pages:  330

My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 17

Day 17 – Best Movie Adaptation:

I decided to go with Solomon Northup’s 12 Years A Slave.  I watched this last summer on the flight to the IMG_1438States and it captivated me.  Well done film and pretty realistic, however I haven’t yet read the book but will do at some point this year.

“Solomon Northup was a free man kidnapped into slavery in Washington, D.C., in 1841.  Shortly after his
escape, he published his memoirs to great acclaim and brought legal action against his abductors, though they were never prosecuted.  The details of his life thereafter are unknown, but he is believed to have died in Glen Falls, New York, around 1863.” (Twelve Years A Slave, Penguin Classics Edition)

The movie adaption was directed by Steve McQueen, who is an English film director and producer.  The film was released in 2013 and was starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt,  and revealed Lupita Nyong’o.  The film won three of the Academy Awards in 2013,  including Best Picture.  Steve McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.