Reviews and Blog Posts: Africa

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls....featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls Who Survived Life’s Infernos Whether They Wanted To Or Not Featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

On display June 17 - 28
Cousins Gallery - Level 3
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Artist Chat:
Wednesday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

The girl in the road

by Monica Byrne

DPL Rating:
4

2  girls, 2 continents, 2 journeys. Set in near-future India and Africa, and on a bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, The Girl in the Road imagines new configurations and perceptions of politics, religion, and gender. We follow two stories. Meena is (illegally) crossing an energy producing bridge across the Arabian...

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

DPL Rating:
5

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the first book in a series (that currently has 14 books in it). These books are gentle mystery reads that are engrossing, touching, and funny.

The poisonwood Bible : a novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

DPL Rating:
4

To this day, I remember a single scene in this book as one of the most powerfully written I have ever read. It has only gained potency now that I am a mother. This book reaches out and grapples with big themes but in the intimate relationships of a family...

Yes, chef

by Marcus Samuelsson

DPL Rating:
5

Marcus Samuelsson chronicles his odyssey from his birth in Ethiopia, being orphaned at age 3, being adopted (along with his sister) by a couple in Sweden, and eventually becoming one of the world's most renowned chefs. His story is well written, emotional, and doesn't gloss over mistakes and poor choices.

Explore, Paint, and Explore Some More!

Do your weekend plans include a Fresh City Life My Branch program? They will after reading about the offerings over the next few days!

Wanting to explore, but don't want to go very far from home? We have 2 travel programs to take you away:

Explore Siberia on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch: This slide show will give you a tour through this remote land, including architecture, ruins, the countryside, and the Lake Baikal region. Presented by Margaret Donaven, retired DPS teacher with a passion for travel and photography.

Get FRESH This Week!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!

Colorado Authors Series Presents Carol Batrus

When Elephants Fly

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Batrus on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Batrus, Columbia University graduate and Wall Street survivor, shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of many in her memoir When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to Zululand. Unsatisfied with her life even after much success, Batrus traveled to Africa, where she learned to live without the gifts of modern infrastructure.

Music of the Sahara

Ali Farka Toure

I've been recently enjoying the "desert blues" of Saharan Africa.  When you think about the harsh climate and political history that peoples of this region have faced, it seems only natural that powerful and soulful music would emerge similarly to American blues.

This music combines guitars with traditional African instruments such as flutes and harps and finds structure around percussive rhythms that stay with you long after you shut off the stereo.  Although you probably won't understand a word of the lyrics, you get the strange sense that you know what they're singing about purely through their emotive tones.

The Mystery of Cats

Join staff from Denver Dumb Friends League as we learn about African wildcats and the mysterious nature of the feline, big and small, on Saturday, October 23, at 2 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

Interested in learning more about the big cats?

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