African Son

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University Press of America, Apr 26, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 104 pages
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African Son is a record of the author’s many trips to Africa—as a Peace Corps volunteer, Fulbright scholar, teacher, and traveler—over the course of thirty years. These personal essays range from sympathetic descriptions of village life in Senegal and Cameroon to detailed accounts of the rich physical and natural worlds in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Madagascar to a mock-curriculum vitae for a Cameroonian man whose skill-set is surprisingly extensive. A work of creative non-fiction, African Son describes individual and, later, family experiences in a number of African locations, from villages to major urban centers and from desert to thick, tropical forest.
 

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Contents

A Friend of the Family
1
Grass
6
Naming the Faith
11
Toubab Diallo
20
Exchange Program
24
Missionary
32
Native Speaker
40
Dining in AfricaA Parable
46
The Dark of Heartlessness
61
Curriculum vitae
69
O Christmas Tree
72
Lost and Found
75
Interaction
83
Visiting Gods Village
87
Index
93
Copyright

Out of Country
56

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About the author (2012)

William J. Hemminger teaches English and French at University of Evansville in southern Indiana. He is also a poet, translator, musician, composer, and gardener. After graduating from Columbia University, he served in Senegal as a Peace Corps volunteer. Hemminger earned a Ph.D. in 1988 and since then has worked in Madagascar and Cameroon under the auspices of the Fulbright Program.

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