This is Joan Baxter's third book about her life in Africa, set against the backdrop of the hardship that most Africans battle every day of their lives. She was a regular contributor to CBC's Morningside and her first, best-selling volume, "Graveyard For Dreamers" was praised by Peter Gzowski as "a magical book." Set in Kenya, Mali, Ghana and Cameroon, Joan tells the story of her own personal discoveries of Africa and introduces you to some of the most amazing people - a traditional healer in a remote Pygmy village, a "crazy man" with a very intimate relationship with God, a philosophical boatman and many more. Baxter explores how people reshape despair into survival and hope.
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Recent political events in Africa have left me wanting to understand more about this complex continent. Joan Baxter's new book 'A Serious Pair of Shoes' provides a very unique insight into contemporary life in Africa. I found this collection of stories fascinating. She describes the details of everyday life, the challenges of a Canadian woman raising a family abroad, the political struggles affecting Africa from the viewpoint of the ordinary African, whose voice is seldom heard outside their towns and villages. The realities she deals with are often harsh - poverty, corruption, illiteracy - but she tells these tales with humour, humanity and a sense of hope for Africa's future. I highly recommend this book