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The dragons, the giant, the women : a memoir / Wayetu Moore.

Moore, Wayétu, (author.). Ott, Tovah, (narrator.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Northwest Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Thief River Falls Public Library BOOK-ON-CD 921 MOO (Text) 35500006342404 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781721366378
  • ISBN: 1721366377
  • Physical Description: 7 audio discs (7 hr., 51 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2020]

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Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note:
Performed by Tovah Ott.
Summary, etc.:
When Wayetu Moore turns five years old, her father and grandmother throw her a big birthday party at their home in Monrovia, Liberia, but all she can think about is how much she misses her mother, who is working and studying in faraway New York. Before she gets the reunion her father promised her, war breaks out in Liberia. The family is forced to flee their home on foot, walking and hiding for three weeks until they arrive in the village of Lai. Finally, a rebel soldier smuggles them across the border to Sierra Leone, reuniting the family and setting them off on yet another journey, this time to the United States. Spanning this harrowing journey in Moore's early childhood, her years adjusting to life in Texas as a black woman and an immigrant, and her eventual return to Liberia, this is the deeply moving story of the search for home in the midst of upheaval.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1
    Moore is the first to speak, although only briefly, to share her initial excitement over the possibility of narrating her elegant memoir. That opportunity, alas, became another "casualty of COVID-19," preventing her from safe studio time, but she adds a personal thanks to narrator Ott. Interestingly, Ott might seem like an audiobook newbie with limited credits, but she's commanded hundreds of titles over the last five years under alternate names. Ott's extensive experience certainly explains her agile character transitions, as she ciphers Moore's affecting memories as a five-year-old war survivor in her native Liberia with her father and sisters; the miraculous reunion with her beloved Mam, who was a Fulbright scholar at Columbia when the war forced the family to flee; the cultural adjustments as an immigrant in Texas, and her adulthood in Brooklyn, when she begins to examine and confront her past. From disoriented young children to harried adults, rebel fighters to refugees, and an anxious mother and searching daughter, Ott shifts readily, creating diverse personas. Minor production glitches—a repeated sentence, obvious insertions—are noticeable, but Ott's performance overall proves deserving of Moore's gratitude. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Moore, Wayétu.
Moore, Wayétu > Childhood and youth.
Refugees > Liberia > History > Biography.
Liberia > History > Civil War, 1989-1996 > Refugees.
Immigrants > United States > Biography.
Liberian Americans > Biography.
African Americans > Biography.
Families > Liberia > Biography.
Authors > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black.
African Americans.
Liberian Americans.
United States.
Genre: Audiobooks.

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