All That She Carried : The History of a Black Family Keepsake, Lost & Found
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Tiya Milesis professor of history and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and the Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Miles is the author of The Dawn of Detroit, which won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, among other honors, as well as the acclaimed books Ties That Bind, The House on Diamond Hill, The Cherokee Rose- A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, and Tales from the Haunted South, a published lecture series.

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"A remarkable book."-Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

"[A] powerful history of women and slavery."-The New Yorker

"
All That She Carried
is a master class in the use of context in historical writing. Stymied by a lack of records, Miles thinks around the sack from every available angle."-Rebecca Onion, Slate

"[A] deeply and lovingly researched account ."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"[An] extraordinary story . . . Unique and unforgettable."-Ms. Magazine

"[A] sparkling tale."-Oprah Daily

"Tiya Miles is a gentle genius . . . All That She Carried is a gorgeous book and a model for how to read as well as feel the precious artifacts of Black women's lives."-Imani Perry, author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

"
All That She Carried
is a moving literary and visual experience about love between a mother and daughter and about many women descendants down through the years. Above all it is Miles's lyrical story, written in her signature penetrating prose, about the power of objects and memory, as well as human endurance, in the history of slavery. The book is nothing short of a revelation."-David W. Blight, Yale University, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

"Ashley's Sack, as it is known, with its short and simple message of intergenerational love, becomes a portal through which Tiya Miles views and reimagines the inner lives of Black women. She excavates the history of Black women who face insurmountable odds and invent a language that can travel across time."-Michael Eric Dyson, author of Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

"Tiya Miles uses the tools of her trade to tend to Black people, to Black mothers and daughters, to our wounds, to collective Black love and loss. This book demonstrates Miles's signature genius in its rare balance of both rigor and care."-Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

"
All That She Carried
is a masterpiece work of African American women's history that reveals what it takes to survive and even thrive. Read this book and then pass it on to someone you love."-Martha S. Jones, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

"Tiya Miles has written a beautiful book about the tragic materiality of black women's lives across three generations, through slavery and freedom. This book is for anyone interested in learning about black people's centrality to American history."-Stephanie Jones-Rogers, author of They Were Her Property

"[A] brilliant and compassionate account."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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