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Growing up African in Australia

Author: Edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Language: English

Summary: ‘I was born in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.’
‘My dad was a freedom fighter, waging war for an independent state: South Sudan.’
‘We lived in a small country town, in the deep south of Western Australia.’
‘I never knew black people could be Muslim until I met my North African friends.’
‘My mum and my dad courted illegally under the Apartheid regime.’
‘My first impression of Australia was a housing commission in the north of Tasmania.’
‘Somalis use this term, “Dhaqan Celis”. “Dhaqan” means culture and “Celis” means return.’ Continue reading “Growing up African in Australia”

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Traveling with ghosts, a memoir

Author: Shannon Leone Fowler

Language: English

Summary: From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand.

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

Author: Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton, Maciej Potulny

Language: English

Summary: Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Continue reading “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders”

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A Taste of the World: What People Eat and How They Celebrate Around the Globe

Author: Beth Walrond (Author, Illustrator), Little Gestalten (Editor)

Language: English

Summary: Festive feasts from around the world to bring people together, celebrate and share stories. Food glorious food! Everyone loves a feast with the family … even the little ones! A Taste of the World travels across the globe uncovering different dishes, traditions, cultures and festivals from Egypt to Germany, from China to America.

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My Place, the memoir by Sally Morgan, Aboriginal writer

I know very little of Australian literature. Apart from the splendid autobiography of Janet Frame, some novels by Elizabeth von Arnim and the splendid book that someone had sent from Australia in one of Expatclic’s literary rounds, The Secret River by Kate Greenville, I can’t tell you much. Recently, however, I came across My Place by Sally Morgan, a famous Aboriginal writer. My place is … Continue reading My Place, the memoir by Sally Morgan, Aboriginal writer