Monique and the Mango Rains: The Extraordinary Story of Friendship in a Midwife's House in Mali

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851688371
  • Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011

Meet the Author

Kris Holloway
Kris Holloway
Kris Holloway is riveting readers with Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, in which she shares the compelling story of the rare friendship between the author -- then a young Peace Corps volunteer -- and a midwife who became a legend.


Kris Holloway served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa from 1989 - 1991, where she met her husband John Bidwell. She holds a M.P.H. from the University of Michigan where she focused her research on maternal and child health. She has used her unique background in writing, public health, and development to further the mission of numerous non-profits and educational institutions including Planned Parenthood, the Greenbelt Movement International, the Western Massachusetts Center for Healthy Communities, the University of Michigan, and Springfield College. She currently works with the National Priorities Project, a non-profit organization offering citizens and community groups the tools to shape federal budget and policy priorities that promote social and economic justice.

Kris is also involved with fundraising and strategic planning for Clinique Monique, a rural clinic in Mali. A percentage of proceeds from book sales help to fund this growing health center. She is a confirmed Francophile, loves chocolate, and sits on a physio ball while at her computer. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with John and their two sons (both born at home with midwives).

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Holloway:

"I descend from an illustrious line of Swedish pig butchers."

"I love dancing and will wiggle my derriere at the slightest provocation."

"My husband John and I got engaged on the Nile River after finishing our Peace Corps service."

"I love playing games. Traditional games like Monopoly and Scrabble, card games as well as new games, like Apples to Apples, True Colors, and Cranium."

"There's a couple of inspirational sayings that I keep where I can read them: "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud." And one by Charlie Parker "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."

"I'm a runner and would travel on foot everywhere if time wasn't an issue."

"Bumper stickers on my 2002 MPV mini-van: Remember, pillage first, then burn; Queen without a Country; Keep the Earth clean - It's not Uranus!; The road to health is paved with good intestines.

"I have two tattoos (one for each of our children) and would get my whole body covered in my favorite images (despite not having any more children) if my husband didn't stop me."

"I love polka music -- not enough to buy it -- but enough to not turn the dial. It's so happy."

"I don't like being put in a box. I was a ‘rock head' (environmental science major with a penchant for geology) in college, hung with the acting crowd, and belonged to a sorority."

"I drink organic, freshly ground coffee and also hanker for gas station sludge with Cremora."

"I find medical technology fascinating and fabulous, and had our children born at home with lay midwives."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Kris Holloway-Bidwell
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 12, 1967
    2. Place of Birth:
      Smyrna, Tennessee
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Environmental Studies, Allegheny College; M.P.H., University of Michigan
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