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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User Review  - Sharon Fawcett - Goodreads

I enjoyed his memoir by an Ethiopian woman whose family was forced to flee to the United States during Ethiopia's "Red Terror." The story of her return visit, decades later, breaks down so many Western sterotypes of Africa. A good read! Read full review

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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


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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