From Cameroon to New York, A Story of Indomitable Hope–WWB Selects… ‘BEHOLD THE DREAMERS’ for the Fall 2016 ‘BOOK WISE’ Read

Sep 22, 2016 by

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“If you’re pro-immigration, there’s something in the novel to support your argument. If you’re anti-immigration, there’s something in there to support your argument, too. My goal was to tell the story completely and leave it up to the reader to interpret it in whichever way fits their worldviews.”

~Imbolo Mbue, Author of ‘Behold the Dreamers’

 

 

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BOOK WISE FALL PICK: Behold the Dreamers

GENRE: Fiction

CULTURE SPOTLIGHT: Africa/New York

AUTHOR: Imbolo Mbue

OF NOTE: Will be adapted to film

Book Wise Pow-Wow: It’s a tough political climate right now in the United States and the immigration topic is a hotbed of conflict between both political parties. Which is why I chose this particular book for our Fall pick. The power of this story takes us out of an  ‘idealogy’ mode and grounds us in real authentic human experience.

The author’s personal story is one we don’t hear enough about in our public discourse about immigration. IMBOLO MBUE is a native of Limbe, Cameroon ( Central Africa). She holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for over a decade, she lives in New York City and genuinely loves her city she calls home. Her book’s characters capture the immigrant experience in a raw and emotionally charged way, and is sure to get you thinking about the American Dream in a much wider context. At World Wise Beauty, we love books that offer worldly perspective, make us feel and think deeply, and perhaps make us just a little bit more wiser after reading. ‘Behold the Dreamers’ delivers it all and will not disappoint you. See below for the Publisher’s overview of ‘Behold the Dreamers’ and come back soon for my Q&A with the author.

 

 

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PUBLISHERS OVERVIEW…

fbpromotionbookwiseA compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

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WWB WATCH: The Center for Science in the Public Interest Has an Important Health Update For You…and How Sweet it is Not!

Sep 13, 2016 by

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If you missed the NYT article this Sunday on how the sugar industry manipulated research findings to downplay sugars role in heart disease, you can find the links here. Before you do, below is a quick but important message from the Center of Science in the Public Interest worthwhile reading. Their wise advice is echoed by the best experts and doctors from around the world.

I think the biggest challenge we face is the conflicting cultural dichotomy we live in. Wellness experts have been trying to warn us for the last twenty years about the dangers of a diet filled with sugar and fat, and yet our ‘pop culture’ which is everything from marketing promotion and traditional supermarkets, are peddling processed food to us ‘as if’ none of this wisdom and research was out there. I will acknowledge, some supermarkets are getting better with attuning to our health needs, but we still have a long way to go. For now, the best takeaway from WWB is ‘just because they are selling it, doesn’t mean we should buy it.’ If you leave your health and family’s health in the hands of marketers, you will not be able to send them the medical bills. Choose wisely and remember…

 

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FROM THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

 

New research from the University of California San Francisco finds that in the 1960s, Big Sugar paid scientists to downplay sugar’s role in heart disease: http://ow.ly/H5Pc3048OTB These findings provide one more reason why scientific journals should disclose all potential conflicts of interest in study abstracts.

But just because Big Sugar blamed saturated fat for heart disease doesn’t mean saturated fat is blameless. Both saturated fat and sugar promote heart disease. Major health authorities like the American Heart Association recommend that a healthy diet should limit added sugars (especially from sugary drinks) and replace foods rich in saturated fats (like meat, butter, and cheese) with foods rich in polyunsaturated fats (like fish, oils, and nuts). Read more: http://ow.ly/DRay3048IUC

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