- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Nighthawk Press (March 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615773397
- ISBN-13: 978-0615773391
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How To Make An African Quilt: The Story of the Patchwork Project of Segou, Mali Paperback – March 21, 2013
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About the Author
Bonnie Lee Black is the author of the memoir Somewhere Child (Viking Press, 1981), which was instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Her second memoir, about her Peace Corps service in Gabon, How to Cook a Crocodile (Peace Corps Writers, 2010), won a “Best in the World” award from Gourmand International in March 2012. The manuscript for this Mali book won first place in the memoir-book category in the SouthWest Writers Annual Writing Contest, 2011. Black earned a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University in New York in 1979 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2007. She was a professional writer and editor in New York City for twenty years and has been an educator in the U.S. and overseas for nearly twenty years. Her essays have appeared in a number of published anthologies and literary journals. She now lives in Taos, New Mexico, and teaches at UNM-Taos. In 2012 she was chosen one of the Remarkable Women of Taos. Visit her website at www.bonnieleeblack.com.
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This is a thought-provoking book. As you read, there is always that formidable dichotomy of the level of wealth and material obsession we take for granted here versus their poverty. It is easy for us to think of theirs as a "simple life," but how many of us would be capable of surviving in the midst of such "simplicity"? Not I. There is also the idea of the power of the individual to make a difference. Black sets out to achieve a goal, and she succeeded despite challenges which would have withered the most dauntless of spirits. One person can make a difference. Both in her relationship with an African man and with the women of Segou, Black shows us that differences such as race, culture, religion, or nationality disappear when people come together with the shared humanity of love and understanding. We are all pieces in a quilt.
Like her other books, How to Make an African Quilt would be a great choice for book clubs interested in cultural awareness and global issues. Black has included discussion questions for just this purpose. I highly recommend this beautifully-written, heartfelt memoir.