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.
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.
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.
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.
Local climber and adventurer Lee LaPerriere shares his experiences detailing climbing Kilimanjaro, exploring Tanzania, and a safari on the Serengeti this Wednesday, October 13, at 3 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Learn more about the myths and realities of taking such a memorable and extreme trip!