Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for sudden urges to check prices for round-the-world flights, the sudden desire to quit one’s job and move to Paris, or any other passport-required epiphany you may experience after reading about Eden’s escapades in Paris. However, I can’t deny that my heart would smile just a little at the thought of such an adventure 🙂
Another fun way to be exposed to new cities, cultures, and experiences is through books. So on my blog I will try to incorporate books and book reviews about students or young adults in new, international places. (Although I must admit I don’t know of very many). You may have never wanted to visit a place until you see it from someone’s eyes who’s actually there. What I love about travel literature is that it allows me to “visit” Paris (or Italy, or Australia, or Morocco, or Rio) even when I can’t.
I’ll review a couple of the books here. First up: Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood.
I just started the book today so until I finish, here’s the review from Amazon.com:
Policemen beat to death a twenty-year-old student Malik Oussekine at the end of peaceful student demonstrations. I pray for the safety of my artist friend Malik and the soul of the student who had been murdered. To make the students seem dangerous and deserving of excessive force, the police had stood by looking on encouraging thugs to loot stores and burn cars.
But Eden stays on, and everywhere she finds traces of James Baldwin in the recollections of people who have met him. The hope that if she meets him she’ll “learn from him some kind of secret about love and life and writing” keeps her going. Memories of the past mix with hopes for the future, until in the novel’s denouement, when Eden makes a surprising discovery about herself. Black Girl in Paris is both a loving homage to Shay Youngblood’s literary forebears, and a subtle reminder to her contemporaries that while we may learn from the past, we make our own future. –Sheila Bright –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.