10 Books Every Jamaican Should Have
Guh fyne ah book! Those words were an almost prison sentence for many “skylarking” children in Jamaica but for me, they were literary music to my ears. Yes! I’ll admit it. I’ve been a life long, unabashed book worm. I’ve been known to read two, three and four books at a time, (yes I know). I’m always looking for good book, even when I have absolutely no time to read them I still buy them and put them in my ever growing, ‘To Read’ stack.
In the exponentially expanding digital age, I still prefer a good hardcover to anything that I can read on Kindle, even though I do own one. No keypad, or mouse can compare to the crisp, wispy heaviness of the pages of a great book being being turned by your actual fingertips.
Over the years I’ve amassed a collection, starting with my very first Complete Book of Brother Anancy Stories that I’ve had since I was four. Among the many that I have in my slightly haphazard collection the one that I place the greatest value on are those that are about my homeland, Jamaica, because I feel everything that Earn about my country teaches me just a little more about myself.
In acknowledgment of Jamaica’s impending Fiftieth Independence, here are books that every Jamaican should have in their collection.
The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir by Staceyann Chin - Liberating, beautiful, and life-affirming, The Other Side of paradise is simply incredible…”. Russell Simmons What they said: Stacey Ann Chinn This book is a captivating sometimes startlingly honest coming of age biographical story and a survival. The author, a successful writer,… Book of Jamaica by Russell Banks - The controversy surrounding this book of fiction was enough to drive me to purchase. The plot revolved around a an American who comes to Jamaica and leaves behind his family and career to immerse himself in some of the shady… History of Jamaica by Clinton Black - It’s an accounting of Jamaican history from the arrival of the Arawak’s over a millennium ago up to current time are written by the most reliable source, Jamaica’s government Archivist, Clinton Black. History of Jamaica has been revised to bring… Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood by Rachel Manley - I’ve always looked upon the Manley family as Jamaica’s Kennedy’s and viewed their idealism in relation to the governing and eve lotion of Jamaica from Camelot-like perspective. Rachel Manley’s memoir is one of the most riveting book I have ever… Beautiful Jamaica by Evon Blake - This book renewed my romance with Jamaica. It’s was an easy wonderfully depicted, straight forward telling of Jamaica’s history. I’ve bought newer editions of this book as gifts for friends and loved ones. A beautifully illustrated book on the natural,…