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How to be a Travel Writer

[amazon_image id=”1555975917″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir[/amazon_image]

Destination: Africa

Book: One Day I Will Write About This Place (NEW August 2011) by Binyavanga Wainaina

(NOTE: After I wrote and titled this review, I carefully read Binyavanga Wainaina’s sardonic instructions on “How to Write About Africa” in the magazine Granta. You may want to check as you compile your Africa reading list.) Football!

Binyavanga Wainaina reinvents memoir writing in[amazon_link id=”1555975917″ target=”_blank” ] One Day I Will Write About This Place[/amazon_link].  I read two or three books a week and many of them are very, very fine writing, but this one knocked me back in my chair and made me reconsider the conventions of writing. Original. Poetic. Surprising. Experimental. He sees and hears and feels the world in ways you never thought of before.  Right from the first page, this book is a WOW experience. In this quote, he is describing a day playing soccer in Kenya when he was seven. Continue reading How to be a Travel Writer