Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 195 pages
7 Reviews
This powerful book gives readers a chance to experience Ethiopia through the personal experience of a writer who is both Ethiopian and American. It takes readers beyond headlines and stereotypes to a deeper understanding of the country. This is an absorbing account of the author's return trip to Ethiopia as an adult, having left the country in exile with her family at age 11. She profiles relatives and friends who have remained in Ethiopia, and she writes movingly about Ethiopia's recent past and its ancient history. She offers a clear-eyed analysis of the state of the country today, and her keen observations and personal experience will resonate with readers. This is a unique glimpse into a fascinating African country by a talented writer.

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Review: Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia

User Review  - Catherine S - Goodreads

This book resonated with me. Like the author, I spent my childhood in Ethiopia. I appreciated the author's efforts to reconcile her childhood memories with adult knowledge and experience. This is ... Read full review

Review: Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I wanted very much to like this story. The facts are clear, the settings are easy to see, but the heart of her story is missing. If you are looking for a distant, scholarly examination of the return to a homeland, this is it. Read full review

Contents

Held at a Distance
1
A Monday Afternoon
39
Remains of an Empire
75
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Rebecca Haile lives in NYC with her husband and two small children. She is a Harvard trained lawyer, and now is a full-time writer and community activist. This is her first book.

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