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The Resource The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Label
The Girl Who Smiled Beads
Title
The Girl Who Smiled Beads
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Summary
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale." Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old. In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of "victim" and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms
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  • Wamariya, Clemantine
  • Weil, Elizabeth
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Nonfiction
Label
The Girl Who Smiled Beads
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:cf76d5f0-434c-4682-a0f4-b2fb50de1afb
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780451495341
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Girl Who Smiled Beads
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:cf76d5f0-434c-4682-a0f4-b2fb50de1afb
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780451495341
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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