Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 15 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781452612669. $44.99; 2 MP3-CDs. library/retail eds.; digital download. MEMOIR
Caribbean-born historian Stuart (The Rose of Martinique) uses her family's history as a framework to trace the complex history of the sugar trade from the 17th century, when her earliest known maternal relative arrived in Barbados, to the present day. Stuart's talent for blending storytelling with meticulous research is on full display. Lisa Reneé Pitts's energetic narration is a joy to listen to and enhances comprehension in some of the denser passages.
VERDICT Recommended for nonfiction collections and wherever Mark Kurlansky's books (Salt; Cod) are popular.

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