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Malawi Moonsmoke: Changing a Part of Our World -- One Life at a Time
Malawi Moonsmoke: Changing a Part of Our World -- One Life at a Time
by Bee Biggs-Jarrell
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, September 26, 2010
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Th book was in the condition described and arrived earlier that I expected it. It was a gift for our son who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi along with his future wife and they loved the book. Thanks for the prompt service.


The Gilded Leaf: Triumph, Tragedy, and Tobacco: Three Generations of the R. J. Reynolds Family and Fortune
The Gilded Leaf: Triumph, Tragedy, and Tobacco: Three Generations of the R. J. Reynolds Family and Fortune
by Tom Shachtman
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS, January 9, 2010
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This was ordered for a Christmas present to be sent to Portland, Oregon. The recipent of the gift was very pleased with the book. It was as advertsed.


Hodges' Harbrace Handbook: With 1998 Mla Style Manual Updates
Hodges' Harbrace Handbook: With 1998 Mla Style Manual Updates
by John C. Hodges
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars GLAD TO FIND BOOK, January 9, 2010
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When I taught English Grammar in The Gambia, West Africa, I used an edition of this book. One of my African students now lives in NC with his family and wanted a good English Textbook for his boys. The one I ordered for them fit the bill, and the service was great.


Dying for My Daughter
Dying for My Daughter
by Baba Jallow
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE MAN'S BATTLE AGAINST FGM, December 16, 2006
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This review is from: Dying for My Daughter (Paperback)
This small book delivers a tremendous message about a topic which is new to most Americans but is widely practiced in many countries - especially in Africa. Even though it is called fiction, it is a story which unfolds time and again in parts of the world. That topic is female circumcision; also known as female gential mutilation (FGM). The latter is a more accurate description of the practice which is based on tradition and ignores the damage

done to young girls who suffer through the procedure. The suffering does not end with the "the healing period in the bush" but endures as long as she lives.

Even though Africans are taught from an early age to obey and revere their elders, Umar, who married an uncircumcised woman, challenges his father, the village elders, and tradition by refusing to allow his daughter, Ramatouile, to undergo the traditional "going to the bush" and being cruelly mutilated with an unsterilized instrument and risking her life and exposing her a lifetime of physical and mental suffering.

Umar dealy loved and respected his father and faced separation from family and tribe if he refused the father's request to send the daughter "to the bush". However, he put his love for his daughter above centuries of tradition and even told his father he would kill himself if the father forced the daughter to be circumcised.

This is a moving novel which tells the story of a father's conflicting love for his daughter and his disagreement with his beloved father. It is a powerful statement against the practice which cannot be justified on any grounds other that tradition.

This story will shock many who are not familiar with FGM. Readers who want to know more about this cruel practice should read WARRIOR MARKS BY Alice walker and DESERT FLOWER by Waris Dirie.
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A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Rate, February 24, 2006
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I was about midway in the book when the controversy broke. I had told many people that it was one of the best and most fascinating book I had ever read. When Oprah revealed that it was fiction, I tried to read on but could not. Even at the very beginning when Frey told about his root canals and the capping of his teeth, I thought "how could anyone survive that?" I plan to go back and finish the book some day, but it will be with a different attitude. This time I will be reading it as fiction loosely based on facts. I am very disappointed in the writer. He is a very talented author but has ruined his opportunity to be remembered as one of the great writers of our time. Instead,he will be remembered as a liar and a deceiving inddividual.


Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
by Cathleen Miller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL, June 19, 2005
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This book gives the reader a unique firsthand account of the terrible practice of Female Genital Mutilation, which is a common practice in many African countries and is found even in the USA. Reading about her misery and suffering during and after the procedure was performed on her, reveals to the world the horrors a girl goes through. She also reveals the longlasting effects is has had on her life and how she became a spokesperson against the practice for the UN. This is one of the most powerful social statements that I have ever read. Every person interested in human rights should put this book at the top of their must-read list.


Bill Bryson African Diary
Bill Bryson African Diary
by Bill Bryson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book, February 11, 2005
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After reading Bill Bryson's brilliant A WALK IN THE WOODS, I was expecting much of the same in AFRICAN DIARY. That is not what I found. This little book was written for a totally different reason, and his stay in Kenya was much shorter than the time he spent on the Appalachian Trail (the subject of the of the previous book). Even though he was in Kenya a very short time, he witenessed life of poverty among luxury and painted vivid word pictures of how people live in a developing country and shows that in midst of poverty and deprivation live some of the most wonderful people on the face of the earth. Anyone contemplating a trip to a developing country should surely read this book to prepare them for what they will face. Those who have never visited such a country will have their eyes opened to an entirely new way of life. This book will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. I cannot wait to read more of his books.


Angry Laughter: A Biting Satire on an Inept African Civilian Government and Its Brutal Military Successor
Angry Laughter: A Biting Satire on an Inept African Civilian Government and Its Brutal Military Successor
by Baba Jallow
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT SATIRE, February 10, 2005
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This little book is a masterpiece of satire about the author's homeland. Babba G. Jallow, former editor of a leading newspaper the The Gambia, brilliantly chronicles the struggle for democracy in that West African country. From independence to the present, he exposes corruption and traces the rise of "Powercacy", which he defines as "government of the powerful, for the powerful, and by the powerful." Anyone not familiar with politics in developing countries will be amazed at the extent of corruption and the suffering of the citizens. I would have found the book amusing if I had not lived in such a country and witnessed some of what Mr. Jallow describes. It is heartbreaking to realize that the conditions he vividly describes is the rule rather than the excpetion in developing coutnries. Therefore, it is a very sad commentary.


Turn to the Quiet
Turn to the Quiet
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!, June 3, 2001
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This quiet and soothing album is inspirational and worshipful. Each selection is presented in a new and unique way. He is a master and this is a masterpiece.


A Painted House
A Painted House
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from my favorite author, February 11, 2001
This review is from: A Painted House (Hardcover)
When I heard that John Grisham's newest book did not have a lawyer in it, I felt that he had betrayed his millions of readers. However, as soon as I began reading A Painted House, I was hooked and realized that he had written another great one -and perhaps his best one yet.
Luke, who reminded me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, has an uncanny ability to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and sees and hears things no seven-year-old boy should be privy to. However, just like Scout, he can handle any situation with the love and assistance of his family in rural Arkansas.
The reader will empathize with the Mexicans and the hill people who migrate to the area to pick cotton under adverse conditions just as they empathized with the Okies in Grapes Of Wrath and will join Luke in befriending some of them in spite of the attitude of others in the family and the area.
John Grisham has proven that he is a one of the greatest writers of our time, and A Painted House is probably destined to become a classic.


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