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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Kevin J. Parham’s The Vineyard We Knew: A Recollection of Summers on Martha's Vineyard is an engaging memoir of an African-American who spent the summers of his growing up years in what is considered the playground of America’s elite. In the 1930s, Kevin’s grandmother, Carrie, bought a modest house on Pacific Avenue in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. It became the summer destination for her grandchildren who stayed with her from June to Labour Day. Carrie was a strict woman with an old-school mentality. She also did not tolerate disrespect and silliness. The house was of modest size with no running water but full of happy and sad memories. Looking back to those years, Kevin gives us a glimpse of life as a member of a community in the island that we seldom hear about, and we learn about their dreams and aspirations in life.
The Vineyard We Knew: A Recollection of Summers on Martha’s Vineyard is a frank and sincere memoir by a man who practically grew up in this famous island. This book is a coming-of-age memoir that is quite charming because it is written from the perspective of a child, as he reaches his adolescent and teenage years. Together with his siblings and cousins, author Kevin J. Parham experienced life with his grandmother and this yearly sojourn would ultimately help shape and influence their lives as they grew up and became adults. His no-nonsense writing style gives his story the honesty and simplicity that should be appealing to a wide range of readers. It is also interesting to observe how he looks at things differently as maturity sets in and he comes back to the island of his boyhood days. This is a book that you can empathize with, notwithstanding your race, nor your social and economic background. I highly recommend this book to everyone!