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WHISTLING FOR HIPPOS: A memoir of life in West Africa by Scott Corey

WHISTLING FOR HIPPOS: A memoir of life in West Africa

by Scott Corey

374 pages
Whistling for Hippos is Scott Corey’s charming and humorous account of life in West Africa. It will appeal to readers of all ages who enjoy adventure, love of travel, and stories that show the depth and resilience of human nature.

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About the Book
Africa has a way of luring you in, Scott Corey writes in the opening lines of Whistling for Hippos. It begins with a flash of dark eyes in the firelight and ends with life-long fascination. Or it may begin with a mud-brick village awash in moonlight, the delicious taste of peanut sauce and rice, or the grunt of a hippo from midstream. The strongest tug on Corey’s heart came the first time one of his students raised a slender dark hand and asked a question. This was the true Africa, the living, breathing Africa he came to love.

Corey’s charming and humorous account of life in West Africa will appeal to readers of all ages who enjoy adventure and love of travel. The memoir contains characters and stories that show the depth and resilience of human nature.

 

Reviews
While some memoirs require strict adherence to the chronology of the time period being covered, the beautiful and anecdotal quality of Hippos doesn't fall into this category. Readers will be reached emotionally, and in a place deeper than emotion, with this wonderful memoir.
- Nancy Quatrano, Editor of On-Target Words

 

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About the Author
Scott Corey’s interest in international events and love of travel has inspired him to live in West Africa, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Sicily. He has worked as a teacher, reporter, editor, public relations specialist, and feature writer for the Kansas City Star. He has ridden a camel along the Red Sea; experienced the magic of four wheeling through the Sinai desert at midnight; suffered the trauma of being tied to a table for an emergency appendectomy with no preop anesthesia; tasted such delicacies as armadillo, python, monkey, bush rat and crocodile; spent two years living in Paris and visiting Hemingway's favorite hangouts; hiked in Switzerland; skied in Austria; traveled up the Bosporus from Istanbul; experienced the dread of malaria and dysentery. And along the way he got married and had three wonderful children.

 

 

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