All posts tagged: South Africa

Bianca Marais takes us back to post-Apartheid South Africa in her stunning new book, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH, about several strong-willed women, one abandoned baby, how we’re all connected, & more

By Leslie Lindsay ‘ Emotional and powerful read about post-apartheid South Africa combing the lives of three very different women and one abandoned newborn.  I read HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS (Putnam, March 2018) and immediately fell in love with Robin and Beauty and also the author, Bianca Marias. In this new title, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH (July 16 2019), you’ll meet a series of three very different women–Dee (Delilah) an ex-nun with a history, her sister, Ruth (an ex-stripper with multiple ex-husbands), and Zodwa, a pregnant Zulu teen living in a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg. How these three women come together will shake you–and just may have you cheering for each one, but for different reasons. Delivered in short, alternating chapters narrated by Ruth, Zodwa, and Delilah, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH shares its characters’ divergent perspectives on class, race, and faith as it probes closely at the 1990s political and socioeconomic headlines. This narrative is complex and there are a lot things going on under the context–rape and rampant racism, stigma …

What happens when an 8-year old girl meets a professional guide while on safari in Africa? This book, LET’S GO ON SAFARI!

By Leslie Lindsay  8 year-old Kate goes on an African Safari with her family and is so intrigued, she and her professional guide turn cross-continental emails into a book for children. BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK, MAY 6-12 There’s nothing I love more than children sharing their passion. That’s what happened with this book, LET’S GO ON SAFARI (Crickhollow Books, May 6 2019), when Kate, an eight-year-old went on a safari with her family in Africa and befriended her guide, Michelle. This book is packed with amazing photos, conversation facts, and most of all–it teaches kids to be an advocate for wildlife. But not only that, it’s the story of two authors–one adult, one child, and how they are living their passion. LET’S GO ON SAFARI invites readers to join in the thrill of a safari while also maintaining a positive force in animal advocacy. LET’S GO ON SAFARI is intended for children of all ages, but might be best geared toward those ages 5+.  National Tourism Week, May 6-12 In fact, authors Kate Gilman …

Wednesdays with Writers: A Smashing Debut from Bianca Marais explores the Apartheid, racism, the Soweto Uprising, motherhood, and so much more in HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS

By Leslie Lindsay A dazzling debut about a white girl and a black woman from different worlds, drawn together by tragedy set in South America.  I’ll be honest: I’ve never read anything like it; but HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS (July 11, 2017 Putnam Books) absolutely amazed and entranced me. I didn’t know much about Apartheid South Africa and Bianca Marais’s richly told story brought it to light.  Through the alternating voices of the two main characters, (9/10 year old) Robin and her black maid, Beauty, we fall into a deeply moving story of love, loss, sacrifice, racism, mothers and daughters, and so much more. It’s so deep and so multifaceted, it’s really hard to summarize HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS; I might go so far as to say it’s required reading given the political, social, and economic state of our world. Life under Apartheid created a stable and secure world for Robin Conrad who lived at home with her mother and father (a manager at a local gold mine) in the late 1970s. …