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A Moonless, Starless Sky
A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa | Alexis Okeowo
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In the tradition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Nothing to Envy, this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo--a vivid narrative of Africans, many of them women, who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism. In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary--lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.
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Suet624
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Two books up for grabs if anyone is interested.

vumblereads Were you giving these away? 🙂 1mo
Suet624 @vumblereads Yes indeed. If you‘d like one or both contact me at SueT624 at gmail with your name and address and I‘ll send them out. 1mo
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Suet624
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Four stories of fundamentalism in four areas of Africa and the narrative of those who have survived it (so far) while attempting to change the culture. I think it‘s a very important read but it just broke my heart. Each of the four narratives were powerful, but the last one in which a teenage girl risks her life to play basketball, amid constant death threats, just did me in. I‘m giving it a “pick” but be forewarned. It‘s a tough one.

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Jas16
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Another book I never would have heard of without Litsy. I really enjoyed this audiobook about people who are resisting extremism in Africa. It is accessible, informative, and ultimately inspiring.

readtheworld Yes, this was so good on audio! 4mo
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8little_paws
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#2018checkin
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4. Rather than name a book I'll say i'm most excited for the national book award longlist later this week! Even though i'm still not finished with 2017 or 2018! 😂

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8little_paws
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I read almost all of this in one sitting. The most underrated book I can think of as of late, another book I don't understand why i'm not hearing more about. The author does a great job bringing the people to life and making them feel like everyday people, and she also communicates the political history of the region in a way that's easy to understand. I can't recommend this enough, a favorite of 2018.

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8little_paws
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Litsy! I'm still checking in, liking and commenting. But I haven't posted because I've been so busy enjoying READING! Here's my immediate tbr.

Billypar That's the craziest excuse I've ever heard 😆 9mo
BarbaraBB Tell us about it! The reading I mean 😀 9mo
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I'm starting this one today.

thereadingunicorn Not sure if I have the same girl has Instagram but if so you won a bookmark giveaway and trying to message you in there to send it to u 11mo
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FashionableObserver

That‘s the thing about fighting extremism—each victory, tiny and large, can feel monumental.

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FashionableObserver

What are the ethics of resisting? When extreme circumstances are forced upon a person, what is she allowed to do to survive? Can she commit apostasy as a religious person, or kill a relative? The answers are complex, possibly unknowable. The idea of survival becomes hazy...

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Expandingbookshelf
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“They are not only activists and vigilantes, but also ordinary people. I became interested in subtler forms of resistance, ways of fighting that are not easy to notice. Preserving your way of live amid extreme situations is also a vital struggle.” 💜💜💜

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ontheBL
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A Moonless, Starless Sky is a must read. Okeowo writes with intensity and honesty about the issues, the people, and her experiences along the way. Shrouded in atrocity, human rights violations, terrorism, and more, she manages to have of humor and sarcasm. The book is so relatably human in it‘s approach to such a heavy topic saturated in monstrosity. Okeowo‘s words will haunt your thoughts long after the book has been closed.

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#TBRtemptation post 6! #BEA17 edition! Expected early October release. "New Yorker" staff writer engages in literary journalism showing the fight against fundamentalism in Africa. She weaves 4 narratives: a young couple, kidnapped by Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian campaigning against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team in war-torn Somalia; & a vigilante who takes up arms against Boko Haram. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?#Coale photobomb

IamIamIam Listen, if you're looking for foster homes for these books until you can properly care for them, I'm just saying that I'm here and I'm available... I'd hate to see them waiting to be loved until you're done with the ones you're reading now... 😂😂😂 2y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 2y
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