Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 195 pages
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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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Held at a distance: an Ethiopian journey

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Haile's memoir traces her family's emigration from Ethiopia to the United States in the mid-1970s, a journey that led to her return 25 years later. The author's father was an academic who served in ... Read full review

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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


Held at a Distance
A Monday Afternoon
Remains of an Empire

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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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