Excerpt from “Twelve Years a Slave”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

New release! You may have seen yesterday’s post that Diversion has hit the shelves! Woo-hoo!

You may have seen my current read, Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup, on the silver screen lately.

So I resolved to lock the secret closely in my heart—never to utter one word or syllable as to who or what I was —trusting in Providence and my own shrewdness for deliverance.

Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup


The astonishing memoir of a free man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana where he was kept for 12 years—a powerful, riveting condemnation of slavery, and a story soon to be introduced to a new audience through a major film

Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York state in 1841, Solomon Northup was instead drugged and kidnapped. Threatened with death, Northup was forced to assume a new name and fake past. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he was initially sold to a cotton planter. In the 12 years that followed he was sold to many different owners who treated him with varying levels of savagery, including forced labor, scant food, and numerous beatings. Eventually Northup succeeded in contacting Samuel Bass, a white carpenter whom he knew to be sympathetic to the cause of black people. Bass contacted Northup’s family and together they gained the necessary paperwork to travel to Louisiana to retrieve him. Northup pressed charges against his captors but in a triumph of irony the case was heard in Washington—meaning that as a black man he could not testify against the accused (in the end they were able to countersue him.) A true-life testament to tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup’s account is also of extreme interest due to the meticulous recordings of slave life. Unique in its firsthand nature, the book became a runaway bestseller.


  1. This has been on my to-read list for awhile. Sounds amazing!

  2. That kind of resolve is born only out of pain

  3. Ive heard amazing things about this. I should definitely give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

  4. An absolutely heart-rending tale. “Man’s inhumanity to man” does not supercede the human spirit. Very thought-provoking and soul stirring.

  5. Ooh, interesting teaser! I’ve never heard of this one before, but it looks really good!

    Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers!

  6. That’s a great quote. I never saw the movie, but I think I’d probably read this before I attempted it. Great choice! Here’s my TT!

  7. I’d have to be in the right mood to read this book, but I’ve heard good things about it. I hope you found it to be worthwhile.
    My Teaser Tuesday is from HEARTS IN RUIN.

  8. Really good excerpt. It shows the character’s strength. despite horrific circumstances. thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  9. I just recently watched the movie, I don’t think I could read the book. It was heartbreaking. Here is my TT http://cynthiastacey.com/2014/07/15/teaser-tuesday-july-15/

  10. I’ve seen this one and been considering adding it to my TBR! If only I had unlimited time!
    My Teaser today is from Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter.

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