King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

by Peggielene Bartels, Eleanor Herman
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King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels, Eleanor Herman

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the hopeful sense of possibility of Half the Sky.
 
King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. The longer she waits to bury him, the more she risks incurring the wrath of her ancestors. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town has been uplifted by the ambitions of its headstrong, decidedly modern female king. And in changing Otuam, Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.

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ISBN-13: 9780307742810
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 245,439
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

PEGGIELENE BARTELS was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, DC, in her early twenties to work at Ghana's embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of 7,000 people on the west coast of Africa. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, still works at the embassy, and spends several weeks each year in Ghana.
 
ELEANOR HERMAN is the author of three books of women's history, including the New York Times bestseller Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen. Her profile of Peggy was a cover story for the Washington Post Magazine. She lives in McLean, Virginia.

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King Peggy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is really interesting. Its quite a learning experience while being both amazing and often funny. Its one of my favorites.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
I can't recommend the audio version enough! The characters in Peggy's memoir really come to life in the spoken version, superbly voiced by J. Karen Thomas. In addition to being an interesting story about an American secretary becoming the king of a town in Ghana, the depiction of local culture is fascinating--the pouring of libations at ceremonies and the special stool on which the king sits in particular. Opening the book after hearing the story was an added benefit to see photos of the relatives Peggy speaks of in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I traveled to Ghana this last summer and visited many of the places that Peggy speaks about. Her account of cultures is accurate and strengthened my understandings. I felt as if I was back in Ghana, with the happiest and most loving people I have ever encountered. One day I hope to return!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and I really admire King Peggy! She is amazing!
duckbunny9 More than 1 year ago
I THINK THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK AND I HAVE RECOMMENDED TO MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO READ.
blessusagain More than 1 year ago
I found it interesting that a king could be a women. I truly enjoyed reading this book. And to think this is a true story. The Lord sure has blessed her. She has done great things for her country. I hope this will be a contiued story.
IDICworld More than 1 year ago
Told in a very engaging style and as a personal narrative, this tale of surprize, strength, hope, and determination was inspiring to read. Uniquely weaving 2 cultures together - in more ways than one! - the story of King Peggy provides a model for women in any society who are struggling for equality, good government, and a better future for our children. Even in the US, where we think of ourselves as oh so civilized and advanced, there is much to be learned from the simple act of doing what is right.
OmaBecky More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and thouroughly enjoyable, I loved this book because it inspires hope and encourages action. Ms Bartels sets a wonderful example for all women everywhere. Look around you. See what needs to be done to make it better, and then, make it happen.
heavyreader12 More than 1 year ago
I loved the words, story, and the sentiments. The story was inspirational and enlightening. A great read.
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
An absolutely terrific book. Peggy is an amazing woman who surprised everyone with her ability to govern. The information about Ghana is amazing to the point that I'd like to visit some day... maybe I'll be lucky enough to meet Peggy
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Hazel1 More than 1 year ago
A real live lady King! Peggielene's story is a redemptive one. A mesh of modern America and a modern African village and the differences therein. I enjoyed reading about the culture in the village and how King Peggy held to those while fostering change that still respected those cultures. An enjoyable and well written book!
Aya63 More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about Peggy becoming king of a small village. I read the book in one setting
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nice!
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