HOW TO READ THE AIR by Dinaw Mengestu

If there’s one useful outcome that has come out of Jonas Woldermariam’s trying childhood, it is this: Jonas has become an expert at varnishing the truth. This ability to embellish facts comes in especially handy at Jonas’s first job. He works at a law firm that helps newly arrived immigrants with the asylum process. Jonas’s job is to help the immigrants with their essays and edit them for structure and grammar. But Jonas can’t help adding some spice to their stories…

October 28, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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Emperor Haile Selassie ruled Ethiopia for more than four decades. Stories about him are legendary even today. Debut author Maaza Mengiste’s book BENEATH THE LION’S GAZE is set during a period of history when the emperor is just on his way out; it takes place over a few years around 1974.

January 12, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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