Somebody's Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa
“It's my life, and if I want to run from it I can,” quips Tanya Shaffer. An incorrigible wanderer, Shaffer has a habit of fleeing domesticity for the joys and rigors of the open road. This time her destination is Ghana, and what results is a transformative year spent roaming the African continent. Eager to transcend the limitations of tourism, Shaffer works as a volunteer, building schools and hospitals in remote villages. At the heart of her tale are the profound, complex, often challenging relationships she forms with those she meets along the way.
Whether recounting a perilous boat trip to Timbuktu, a night of impassioned political debate in Ghana, or a fumbled romance in Burkina Faso, Shaffer portrays the collision of African and North American cultures with self-deprecating humor and clear-eyed compassion. Filled with warmth, candor, and an exuberant sense of adventure, Somebody’s Heart is Burning raises provocative questions about privilege, wealth, and the true meaning of friendship.
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Review: Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in AfricaUser Review - Karen Morgan - Goodreads
This book drew me in because the character descriptions intrigued me. In the end I wished for a little more personal insight from the author but enjoyed the experience of reading it anyway. Travel ... Read full review
Review: Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in AfricaUser Review - Lauren - Goodreads
Although this could be considered to be just another memoir, I enjoyed the wit and humor of Shaffer's stories in Africa. And I appreciated her willingness to address issues of privlege that doesn't often get looked at as a traveler. Read full review
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