Never Look An American in the Eye

Never Look An American in the Eye

A Memoir : Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of A Nigerian American

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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"-- Provided by publisher.
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
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: B
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781616957605


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