Newburyport Public Library

Wild life, dispatches from a childhood of baboons and button-downs, Keena Roberts - hardcover

"Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even more treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school. In Africa, she slept in a tent, cooked over a campfire, and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying. She could wield a spear as easily as a pencil, and it wasn't unusual to be chased by lions or elephants on any given day. But for the months of the year when her family lived in the United States, this brave kid from the bush was cowed by the far more treacherous landscape of the preppy, private school social hierarchy. Most girls Keena's age didn't spend their days changing truck tires, baking their own bread, or running from elephants as they tried to do their schoolwork. They also didn't carve bird whistles from palm nuts or nearly knock themselves unconscious trying to make homemade palm wine. But Keena's parents were famous primatologists who shuttled her and her sister between Philadelphia and Botswana every six months. Dreamer, reader, and adventurer, she was always far more comfortable avoiding lions and hippopotamuses than she was dealing with spoiled middle-school field hockey players. In Keena's funny, tender memoir, Wild Life, Africa bleeds into America and vice versa, each culture amplifying the other. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Wild Life is ultimately the story of a daring but sensitive young girl desperately trying to figure out if there's any place where she truly fits in"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Prologue. Gorillaman and fifty tiny ballerinas -- The first three times I almost died -- A dead chicken and an offer of marriage -- Don't bring your beer shirt to show and tell -- The African night is long and dark -- Snakes and cakes -- Stranded in Xamashuro -- 100 cases of beer and a man-eating crocodile -- Pearl Jam and other things I didn't know -- Can we swim away from this party? -- Baboon identification and other hidden talents -- There are no doctors here -- The elf princess plays lacrosse -- Finding the moon on Earth -- High school waterhole -- The hippo situation is grim -- One unhappy cat -- We're just going to make a run for it -- The leopard attack -- The infection rate reaches 36% -- I am American -- The other spot at Harvard -- A bear just doing his bear thing -- Extreme driving in a broken Toyota -- Blood and dust and Botswana sky -- Epilogue. Goodbye, Narnia
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
ix, 290 pages, illustrations, 24 cm

Library Locations

  • Newburyport Public Library

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