Sunday, July 19, 2009

Monique and the Mango Rains

LibraryThing book review...
Monique and the Mango Rains
By Kris Holloway

Kris Holloway travels to Mali, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is assigned to work in Nampossela (a remote village) assisting Monique Dembele, the area's midwife. Kris works with Monique as she births babies, and as she attempts to educate Mali's women about nutrition, pregnancy, and general healthcare. They do all this without electricity, running water, or doctors. Kris spends two years in Mali and during this time not only do they become friends, they become family.

I found this book very interesting and quite informative. It really makes you appreciate all the things we take for granted in the United States, like running water and electricity. It also opens your eyes to the hardships that women, especially, face in countries such as Africa. I loved learning about Monique, her work and her people. The only thing I would have liked is more information about Kris Holloway and John Bidwell, not much was mentioned about their own personal lives. This is a book to cherish always.

6 comments:

Anna said...

I've heard good things about this one. Thanks for the review.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Dar said...

This is one book I'd like to read one of these days. It sounds so good. Thanks for the review and I'm glad you liked it.

bookjourney said...

I love these kind of reads.

I am going to add this to my wish list!

bookjourney said...

Julie,

I added this review to my Morning Meanderings this morning. I think it really sounds fantastic and I have to read this book! :)

If you click on my name here it will take you to my post which promotes your blog, the review, and this great sounding read.

LazyKing said...

great review

Tee said...

Thanks for the review. That sounds like one I would like :)