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Saga Boy

14 ratings

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"The triumph of Saga Boy is the triumph of Blackness everywhere - the irrepressible instinct for survival in a world where Blacks are prey." (Ian Williams, Giller Prize-winning author of Reproduction) An enthralling, deeply personal account of a young immigrant's search for belonging and Black identity amid the long-lasting effects of cultural dislocation. Antonio Michael Downing's memoir of creativity and transformation is a startling mash-up of memories and mythology, told in gripping, lyrical prose.   Raised by his indomitable grandmother in the lush rainforest of Southern Trinidad, Downing, at age 11, is uprooted to Canada when she dies. But to a very unusual part of Canada: He and his older brother are sent to live with his stern, evangelical Aunt Joan in Wabigoon, a tiny Northern Ontario community where they are the only Black children in the town.  In this wilderness, he begins his journey as an immigrant minority, using music and performance to dramatically transform himself. At the heart of his odyssey is the longing for a home. He is reunited with his birth parents whom he has known only through stories. But this proves disappointing: Al is a womanizing con man and drug addict, and Gloria, twice abandoned by Al, seems to regard her sons as cash machines.  He tries to flee his messy family life by transforming into a series of extravagant musical personalities: "Mic Dainjah", a punk rock rapper, "Molasses", a soul music crooner, and finally "John Orpheus", a gold-chained, sequin- and leather-clad pop star. Yet, like his father and grandfather, he has become a "Saga Boy", a Trinidadian playboy, addicted to escapism, attention, and sex.  When the inevitable crash happens, he finds himself in a cold, stone jail cell. He has become everything he was trying to escape and must finally face himself. Richly evocative, Saga Boy is a heart-wrenching but uplifting story of a lonely immigrant boy who overcomes adversity and abandonment to reclaim his Black identity and embrace a rich heritage. 

©2020 Antonio Michael Downing (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

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I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic

11 ratings

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'Guardiola has no balls. He drove me like a Fiat...I'm a Ferrari', Zlatan Ibrahimovic - professional football's most mercurial player, Swedish national hero, tabloid fixture, fashion icon, modern-day philosopher and black belt in Taekwondo. Born to a Muslim father from Bosnia, and a Catholic mother from Croatia, Zlatan recounts his extraordinary life story, from his poverty-stricken upbringing as an immigrant in Malmö, Sweden, to becoming one of the world's most sought-after and expensive players, gracing Europe's finest clubs, from Ajax to Juventus, Internazionale to Barcelona, Milan to Paris Saint-Germain, and now Manchester United. I Am Zlatan reveals a rare and ferocious intelligence, willpower and God-given talent most recently exhibited when Zlatan scored all four goals for Sweden in a 4-2 victory against England. His fourth goal, a 30-yard overhead kick with his back to goal is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals of all time. The BBC described it as a goal that 'combined unfathomable imagination and expert technique'.

©2013 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

Narrator: James Hillier
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Wild Life

2 ratings

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight meets Mean Girls in this funny, insightful fish-out-of-water memoir about a young girl coming of age half in a "baboon camp" in Botswana, half in a ritzy Philadelphia suburb. Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even more treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school. In Africa, she slept in a tent, cooked over a campfire, and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying. She could wield a spear as easily as a pencil, and it wasn't unusual to be chased by lions or elephants on any given day. But for the months of the year when her family lived in the United States, this brave kid from the bush was cowed by the far more treacherous landscape of the preppy, private school social hierarchy. Most girls Keena's age didn't spend their days changing truck tires, baking their own bread, or running from elephants as they tried to do their schoolwork. They also didn't carve bird whistles from palm nuts or nearly knock themselves unconscious trying to make homemade palm wine. But Keena's parents were famous primatologists who shuttled her and her sister between Philadelphia and Botswana every six months. Dreamer, reader, and adventurer, she was always far more comfortable avoiding lions and hippopotamuses than she was dealing with spoiled middle-school field hockey players. In Keena's funny, tender memoir, Wild Life, Africa bleeds into America and vice versa, each culture amplifying the other. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Wild Life is ultimately the story of a daring but sensitive young girl desperately trying to figure out if there's any place where she truly fits in. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Keena Roberts (P)2019 Grand Central Publishing

Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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Ich bin Zlatan

Summary

Seine Fans versetzt er regelmäßig in Ekstase. Seine Gegner lehrt er durch seine Unberechenbarkeit am Ball das Fürchten. Lästige Fragen nach seinem exzentrischen Auftreten beantwortet er gerne mit dem Satz: "Weil ich Zlatan bin."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, geboren 1981 in Malmö, ist einer der besten, bekanntesten Stürmer weltweit - und ganz bestimmt der schillerndste. Doch kaum jemand weiß von seinem wechselvollen Weg, auf dem er vom kickenden Fahrraddieb in den Malmöer Ghettos zum bestbezahlten Fußballprofi der Welt wurde.

©2013 Piper Verlag GmbH, München (P)2013 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

Narrator: Mark Bremer
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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Ich bin Zlatan

Summary

Seine Fans versetzt er regelmäßig in Ekstase. Seine Gegner lehrt er durch seine Unberechenbarkeit am Ball das Fürchten. Lästige Fragen nach seinem exzentrischen Auftreten beantwortet er gerne mit dem Satz: "Weil ich Zlatan bin." Zlatan Ibrahimovic, geboren 1981 in Malmö, ist einer der besten, bekanntesten Stürmer weltweit - und ganz bestimmt der schillerndste. Doch kaum jemand weiß von seinem wechselvollen Weg, auf dem er vom kickenden Fahrraddieb in den Malmöer Ghettos zum bestbezahlten Fußballprofi der Welt wurde.

©2013 Piper Verlag GmbH, München (P)2013 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

Narrator: Mark Bremer
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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