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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
The author might mean well. She wants to show us how a trip to Africa changed her. But she seems so unaware and self-absorbed from the outset that it's not very convincing. Read full review
Somebody's heart is burning: a woman wanderer in AfricaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
An award-winning actress who has published travel stories in anthologies as well as on Salon.com, Shaffer here offers an adventurous memoir depicting the year she spent traveling and volunteering in ... Read full review