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Brother in the Bush: An African American's Search for Self in East Africa [Paperback]

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Brother in the Bush is a coming-of-awareness memoir about what the experience of Africa can mean for a twenty-first-century African American. John Slaughter is a successful stockbroker in his thirties who decides to travel to Africa to broaden his horizons. He's "made it" as a black man in America, but his life is full of constant reminders of how violently fragile existence here really is.

Not long after his Baltimore townhouse is invaded one night-and Slaughter confronts, shoots and kills the intruder with his shotgun-he embarks on a series of trips that unfolds over almost a decade. Along the way, he discovers a way of life that transforms and deepens his identity as an African American.

Slaughter finds himself seduced and humbled by the contrasting realities, beauties and dangers he discovers in eastern Africa. He begins to ask questions, out loud, about his life, his relationships and his place here in twenty-first-century North America, where different varieties of fear seem to rule every-one to one degree or another. In Africa, he encounters different ways of life (among both Africans and other visitors to the continent) that expand his sense of possibility and begin to change his conceptions of life's purpose and meaning. Slaughter's vivid, blunt and erudite narrative voice moves back and forth from his past, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, through the present-tense of his journeys, and ranges widely across American culture in unearthing, probing and assessing the truths that Africa helps teach him about his life-and all of our lives-here in America.

John Slaughter is a graduate of Tuskegee University's School of Veterinary Medicine and formerly worked in the financial industry for Morgan Stanley, First Union and other firms. He is the founder of Brooks Photography, for which he now leads photo safaris to eastern Africa.

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Pages   135
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Agate
ISBN  1932841083  
ISBN13  9781932841084  

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John Slaughter currently resides in Grand Coteau.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > African-American & Black
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > General
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
4Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs
5Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Travel
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7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies

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Beautiful, compelling must read!  Jan 1, 2006
If you appreciate books that enlighten, educate, and excite all of the fives senses, then Brother in the Bush is for you. Slaughter's well crafted words--so descriptive, compelling, and refreshingly candid--dance across the pages, happily carrying the reader with them to the very last page. His handling of issues of race, East Africa, and his family is done so with respect, confidence, and wit. I am a voracious reader and this is by far one of the most gratifying reads that I have had this year. I can't wait to hear more from this brilliant and talented writer.
The eyes that travel, see!  Jul 24, 2005
Dr. Slaughter was genius in his delivery of his thoughts, emotions, and actions as he gives you a look thoruygh his eyes on the African American's experience in Africa. He also breaks out the box in his interaction with his "Brothers" of Africa, and presents the Africans with honesty. He expresses is inner feelings of lost, anger,love and fullfillment.
Walk in another man's shoes  Apr 6, 2005
A compeling story that allows one to get a glimpse into the life of a black man. While I was initially shocked at the feelings of hostility and anger expressed in the book, I came to understand that I was getting a glimpse of what it was like to walk in another man's - a black man's - shoes. The author also paints a vivid portrait of Africa. All in all an eye opening read.

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