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Never look an American in the eye : a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American / Okey Ndibe.

Author:
Ndibe, Okey, 1960- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
New York, NY : Soho Press, 2016.
Description:
1 online resource
Summary note:
"Okey Ndibe's funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential (but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency) African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe's friendships with Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, and tells of Okey's own development as a novelist; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just 10 days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book"-- Provided by publisher.
Notes:
Electronic book.
Reproduction note:
Electronic reproduction. New York Soho Press 2016 Available via World Wide Web.
Contents:
English Dreams, Communist Fantasies, and American Wrestling -- Never Look an American in the Eye -- My Commission and a Chilly American Reception -- Sleepless in New York -- Nigerian, Going Dutch -- Fitting the Description -- Are You Okay? -- A Norwegian "Okay" Interlude-- On a Croc's Back, America-Bound -- Will Edit for Food -- Lying to Be a Writer -- Writing, Reading, Food, Some Ass Kicking -- A Brand-New American -- An African Folktale, a Wall Street Lesson -- A Dying Father, Dreams of Burma and England -- Wole Soyinka Saves My Christmas -- Crashing a Party, Changing Hearts.
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ISBN:
9781616957612 (electronic bk.)
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