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This week’s prompt is: CULTURE


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Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.

A year ago at this time, my family and I were packing for a nine-week visit to South Africa. It was our first time back in five-and-a-half years, after leaving Cape Town in January 2013 to move to Michigan.

On our way back to South Africa, I read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah.

It was the perfect book to ease the re-entry after such a long time away from the country of my heart. My only disappointment was the amount of bad language included in the book. I really wanted my kids to read the story, but I didn’t want them exposed to the language.

You can imagine my delight when I saw that the book had been adapted for young readers into a YA version called It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

As soon as this version released in April this year, I ordered it from my library and made my younger two mixed race kids read this story about a mixed race South African-born man that takes place in the country of their birth.

Earlier this year, a South African friend asked me to read an early copy of her debut YA novel, Alex on the Edge.

Besides the enjoyable story and characters, my favorite part was reading a South African author write about places I’ve visited, including the country of Lesotho.

Whether you can travel there or not, books and stories are such an enriching way to immerse yourself into the perspective and place of another culture.

Which books have you read that helped you better understand a culture other than your own?


Other Recommended Books:

Once We Were Strangers
by Shawn Smucker


A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging
by Kate Motaung


A Place to Land

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  2. There is an incredibly active and supportive Facebook group that loves to help and cheer each other on.
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Also: On Friday, May 24th at about 12:15pm I’m going to be chatting live with Hope*Writers about my publishing process. Click here to join us on Zoom or follow along on the Hope*Writers Facebook page. Would love to see you there!


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