Cover from Sadia Shepard's The Girl From Foreign.
I've been reading a great deal about those tracing their roots because I am working on a project doing the same. I've been inspired by some wonderful writers and thought I would share:
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Set in rural Louisiana, the story explores the lineage of an African-American family headed by strong-willed women. This wonderful novel traces the authors family history beginning in the Antebellum era to decades after the Civil War.
The Girl from Foreign: A Search for Shipwrecked Ancestors, Forgotten Histories, and a Sense of Home
by Sadia Shepard
In her memoir, Shepard traces her grandmother's footsteps beginning at her birthplace in India where she was born and raised Jewish, to her last days in the United States where she died as a Muslim. Ancestral homelands and faith are central to her story.
Next on my list:
John F. Baker's The Washingtons of Wessington Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom