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The mixed-race son of a brilliant but troubled Kenyan academic and a white American woman writes an emotionally wrenching book about his search for identity and self." --Keith Richburg, The Washington Post
Nairobi to Shenzhen has recently caused some spirited discussion around the world about domestic violence, which I experienced growing up in Nairobi. This is a subject that is often swept under the rug. People just do not want to talk about it. However, since the book came out, I have seen a groundswell of interest around the world, including many who have contacted me to express their understanding and support for bringing out this topic.
My novel is also about other, perhaps more important things, such as seeking one's dream, even in far-off places, love, and the power of volunteerism.
The importance of helping others is something I quite slowly grew to realize, but crystallized in my move to China. Although, to me, helping children learn piano a few hours a month, seems quite normal, I realize that the unique attention the book has garnered can also inspire others. I remember when one of my own students, now in university, called me one weekend and said "Mark I am now teaching kids for free myself every Sunday." Small ways to help others can spread around in unexpected ways.
This 2nd edition corrects a number of typographical errors in the first release and some historical and factual errors.
Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo Shenzhen, December 2009
My book arrived in a timely fashion and, in reading it, found that I couldn't put it down. It is a well written interesting book and I will purchase materials in the future of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lacey
YOU NEED TO READ THIS TO UNDERSTAND HALF-BROTHER BARAK. Mark transplanted himself to China to teach English and music...and to find a friend.Published 18 months ago by Pat Mantei
I purchased an inexpensive used copy of this book because I was curious about the author. Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo is the half-brother of Present Barack Obama. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author, in my opinion, was trying to cash in on his last name, and, perhaps, intelligence, and put together a book that was difficult to read and doesn't hold the reader's... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joseph F. Thomas
Riddled with mistakes. Yikes! Who edited your book, Mark?
I did enjoy the first-hand perspective of how things are in modern-day China and learned a lot about how the... Read more
I looked forward to reading this book and once I got it I opened it right away to read. I think I got halfway through the book and have been unable to go any further. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Thomas G. nyongesa
I could not put the book down! The story grabbed hold of me immediately taking me to China, and into David's life there. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by Eleanor Johnson
Yes, I admit I did buy this book because of the relation between Mr. Ndesanjo and President Obama. However, what kept me reading was the fact that the story and the characters... Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Brittany Batong