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

Author: Okey Ndibe
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Okey Ndibe; Okey Ndibe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Okey Ndibe
ISBN: 9781616957605 1616957603
OCLC Number: 952942739
Description: 210 pages ; 22 cm
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.
Responsibility: Okey Ndibe.

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"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 relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just 13 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 about the making of a writer and a new American"--

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