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Our House in Arusha (The Snowbird Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 22, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Snowbird Chronicles Series

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About the Author

Sara Tucker is a writer for Condé Nast Traveler. Her blog is The Hale Street Gang and Me: silverscribblers.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Snowbird Chronicles
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456585444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456585440
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Tucker has written headlines for the Louisville Courier-Journal, reviewed theater for the Albuquerque Journal, and edited articles about dusting for Martha Stewart Living. Everything she knows about winching she learned from the editor of Four Wheeler Magazine. At Condé Nast Traveler, she once played a singing reindeer in an office skit. At Cosmopolitan, she ran the copy department under Helen Gurley Brown. She now divides her time between Vermont and France.

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I absolutely love this book, so glad I happened on it. The writing right from the get go is clear and engaging. For a person who dreams of Africa, as I do, the content is splendid in it's breadth and in Tucker's ability to capture detail, her style is concise and telling.

Simply put, this book boils down to being about love. Love of a continent, it's people, it's exasperations and it's about the author's love of the man who inspired her to remain there with him. M. Texier's life story is one that carries an astonishing breadth politically, with stories ranging from smuggling, poaching in game preserves done by very high level government entities to witnessing the result of the Kissinger/CIA-initiated assassination of Chile's former, democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. The ability to capture all this in Tucker's agile writing style is sheer inspiration.

As well, the story of M. Texier is among the most romantically inspired patchwork hop-skotches through life I have ever heard of. He found in Sara Tucker not only a "proper mother for his son" but one excellent storyteller who, in the end, conveys a very moving heart-felt love for the man and his love for the continent. When in the story it becomes necessary for them to come live in the US, this reader felt très désolé, a sense of loss as keen as any I've known in leaving behind places I've loved. But it is his spirit, his optimism, his ability to make the most of what is which she writes about. Therein lies the love.
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What happens when a New York City travel writer on safari in Africa becomes an integral part of the tale she's telling? This page-turner of a book recounts the adventures of Ms. Tucker when she falls in love with a wild French man, who has lived most of his life on the continent of Africa, and his young son in the far-off land of Tanzania. Told with warmth and insight is the real life story of raising a young boy in the town of Arusha interspersed with extraordinary moments from her beloved's past--his journeys in the USSR, West Africa, and Chile at the time of the death of Allende. Highly recommended.
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This is a very personal story of somebody who ends up in Africa. For somebody who grew up in Africa this was a big disappointment. There is no real discription of Arusha or other places in Africa. She jumps back and forth too much. The adventures of her husband are entertaining but leaves you with "how did it end" questions. This book is not about living in Africa, it is more like memoirs of Sara Tucker. As such, it is entertaining and well written.
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I could not put this book down. You should only start to read Our House in Arusha if you don't have to show up for work the next day because once you start, you will want to know the whole story.

The author went to Tanzania on a whim ("I had meant to go to Kansas"). She was offered an opportunity to join a safari with the expectation that she would fall in love with the experience and write a favorable review for a travel magazine. The safari guide is a Frenchman who has been rambling around the continent of Africa for over 30 years. In that time he has had enough cliff hanger adventures to rival Indiana Jones. The guide, Patrick Texier, invites the author to return for another visit and then another. Gradually she absorbs many of his stories and is charmed by this man, his life and his 9 year old son who "needs a real mother". Back home in New York City she has much unfinished business: a writing career and a loving marriage with a heartbreaking complication. I won't say more about that story--you'll have to read the book to see how she navigates those waters and returns to Tanzania to marry Patrick.

How she navigates the waters of telling the complex and fascinating story of her life in Africa is with tremendous skill and humor. She provides detailed descriptions of the sights and sounds of her new home. The reader is pulled into the setting and can easily imagine being present. She weaves in side stories about the local characters, about learning to be a step parent, about her husband raising a leopard cub and about trying to get the FBI to pay attention to suspicious activity in their neighborhood.
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I just LOVED this book. From start to finish it is
beautiful, engaging, FUNNY, and so wonderful. What an adventure. It was one of
those books that I didn't want to put down. I was sad to have it
end.
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I started the book as a "Let me escape the winter for a while", and just could not stop reading it. It is so refreshing not to feel manipulated by an author, and I could not help wondering "what would I have done in her place?". It is the reality of a real life adventure, where surprises, shocking events, love, frustrations, obligations to be fulfilled and burlesque twists are waiting for you! and all of it as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
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I had to skim through this book to find parts that interested me, and even then it was told in a very strange fashion that I can't describe other than everything is out of order. I am obsessed with Africa and safari camps and therefore love reading about people who have lived there, especially Americans, so this was a huge disappointment.
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