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lele1432
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
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This memoir was about so much more than just a disadvantaged Malawian boy creating a windmill for electricity. At its core is a tale of ingenuity in the face of adversity, coupled with the power of friends, family, and strangers who believe in you and your potential. 4⭐️s! Other topics tackled included: scarcity, famine, effects of hunger on the brain, predatory price-gouging during famine, school fees and the cycle of poverty,👇🏽

lele1432 “Magic” and superstition used as a scapegoat for HIV/AIDS and famine, deforestation aiding in flooding and drought, farm livelihood dependent upon weather and fertilizer, and government corruption. It packed in a LOT and I admit some of the technical parts went over my head. But overall, an inspirational story I‘m glad to have read! Thanks @RachelO! (edited) 6d
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lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2020 #Pop20 Written by an author in their 20s 6d
lele1432 #Nonfiction2020 Something about climate change, energy or environment @Riveted_Reader_Melissa (edited) 6d
lele1432 #JanuaryBookBingo recommended by a friend. I'm tired. 😬 6d
Cinfhen Nice one 🙌🏻💜That‘s the way to play!!!!! 6d
4thhouseontheleft I really like this book too. And, wow! #PromptQueen 👏 6d
RachelO Your prompts!! Brilliant! 🤣😂🤣 So glad you enjoyed it - he really did pack a lot in there. It shouldn‘t have, but the school fees thing really shocked me - it had just never occurred to me that the family would need to pay for his education in those circumstances. 6d
lele1432 @RachelO yes! I know here in the States we really take free primary/secondary education for granted. The school fees situation creating this cycle of poverty despite his obvious talent and ability to learn was heartbreaking. But it had a happy ending! 😊 6d
lele1432 Ah! Forgot #LitsyAtoZ for letter B! @BookishMarginalia 6d
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Against a backdrop of tension, turmoil and aggression in Franco‘s civil war in Spain, Maisie Dobbs attempts to find some calm after losing her husband and child in Canada. Unable and/or unwilling to return to England immediately after the double tragedy, Maisie spends a year or two in India in order to grieve in privacy before returning home. Once she takes to decision to go home, though, great unease and trepidation cause her to debark in 👇🏻

gradcat ☝️Gibraltar rather than travel on to England. Once there, the psychologist/investigator stumbles (quite literally) onto a dead body, and a mystery to be solved. As Maisie battles a kind of emotional malaise and fatigue borne of grief to find a killer, she finds herself becoming stronger in mind and body. This is the 11th in a series that began post-WWI & now is inevitably approaching the breakout of WWII. Great book; great series. 👇🏻 1w
Louise Such a good series! I remember this one being particularly sad. I was even angry with the author for doing this to Maisie! ☺️ 1w
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4thhouseontheleft I love this series too 1w
EadieB @gradcat Nice review! 7d
Cinfhen Great review as always ❣️ 7d
Andrew65 This is the next one up for me in he series. Took a break in the series after she left the U.K. It is a favourite series and time to get back to it. Thanks for this great review. (edited) 7d
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😍 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick for these prompts. I need to get back to this series! 📚♥️👊🏻 7d
gradcat @Louise @4thhouseontheleft @Andrew65 @BarbaraTheBibliophage They really are good reads. Winspear‘s novels are well written as well as well researched, but I, too, stopped reading them for a bit. I‘m really glad I got back to them—learned a lot about Gibraltar—but this one is really sad. Thanks for stopping by, @EadieB & @Cinfhen to drop off such kind words! ♥️♥️♥️ 6d
Crazeedi I loved the first several mMaise Dobbs books, but the last couple not so much 5d
gradcat @Crazeedi I liked this one a LOT! But it‘s terribly sad... 3d
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