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Overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding her mother s passing, Melinda Atwood needed to find a new inner center. Uncertain of where to search, but driven to as distant a place as possible, she chose Kenya, where she planned to spend one year hiding out and, hopefully, healing. She ended up staying there for six years, living by her wits, struggling with loneliness, isolation, financial adversity, a disastrous love affair, and single parenthood -- all the while recreating her life.
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"A beguiling, frank an unpretentious memoir of life in Africa."
Small Press Book Review:
"The continual freshness and honesty of the author's clear-sighted look into herself and what surrounds her is reason enough to read her story from beginning to end."
Midwest Book Review:
"Highly recommended reading for those who appreciate engaging biographies of interesting people caught up in usual circumstances told with honesty and humor.
"Melinda’s agile, humorous and non-pretentious style makes a tender and delicious reading ... a must in Kenya lovers’ bookshelves."
"At the core of this book is a woman you'd like to spend time with. She's adventurous, energetic, romantic and funny. It's a delightful story."
"Jambo Mama" is a remedy for travelers, a piece of Africa, which you can carry in your pocket".
"Forget Karen Blixen, this is ‘Out Of Africa’ for the next millennium!"
What is it about Africa that casts such a mysterious hold on its visitors? Even Melinda Atwood, a sophisticated New Yorker with a practiced ironic view, came under its spell on a 1985 safari. Falling in love at first sight with Kenya's beauty, this person who had only "roughed it" on the QE2, found herself inexplicably drawn to both the country and its challenges.
When three arduous years as caretaker for her dying mother ended, Atwood found herself adrift. The son she had raised as a single mother had left home for school leaving her all the more saddened and alone. An acrimonious lawsuit filed against her by family members was the last straw. Atwood decided to run away from home – to return to Africa. Planning to spend only one year, she remained for six.
Told with refreshing honesty and incisive wit, Atwood's memoir of her years in Kenya covers a wide range -from continual adjustment to life in Africa, to adventures in remote and dangerous areas. Along the journey she takes over a native carpet business, builds a house, and survives a tempestuous love affair.
You will laugh at her tales of finding her way and cry just as readily at her sensitive and unforgettable portraits of the people she took to her heart. Many of the colonial rules about the relationships between the races get broken along the way.
When Atwood says her last "taonana," to Africa it is bittersweet; you too will be sorry she is leaving and this wonderful story is over.
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Book Description Cypress House, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1879384787
Book Description Cypress House, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX1879384787