12 Years a Slave – The Book

Oh, the Oscars!  The gowns, the beautiful celebrities, the quick-witted monologues by Ellen.  What’s not to love?

Spoiler: 12 Years a Slave is a big winner this year.  And now that you’ve seen this touching speech by the talented Lupita Nyong’o and have seen the film, why not read the book that inspired it all?  Because, as we all know, all the best films started as books.

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup offers a haunting, first-hand account of Northup’s experiences being kidnapped and sold into slavery and the brutal, unimaginable conditions slaves had to face in order to survive at the hands of the plantation owners.  Originally published in 1853, this book is a necessary reminder of the more sinister parts of America’s history.

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