The Resource Never look an American in the eye : a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American, Okey Ndibe

Never look an American in the eye : a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American, Okey Ndibe

Label
Never look an American in the eye : a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American
Title
Never look an American in the eye
Title remainder
a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American
Statement of responsibility
Okey Ndibe
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Okey Ndibe's funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential--but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency--African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe's relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just 13 days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American"--
  • "Okey Ndibe's funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential (but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency) African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe's friendships with Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, and tells of Okey's own development as a novelist; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just 10 days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ndibe, Okey
Dewey number
  • 823/.92
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9387.9.N358
LC item number
.Z46 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ndibe, Okey
  • Authors, Nigerian
  • Novelists, American
  • Nigerian Americans
  • Journalists
  • College teachers
  • Nigeria
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Never look an American in the eye : a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American, Okey Ndibe
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
English dreams, communist fantasies, and American wrestling -- Never look an American in the eye -- My commission and a chilly American reception -- Sleepless in New York -- Nigerian, going dutch -- Fitting the description -- Are you okay? -- A Norwegian "Okay" interlude -- On a croc's back, America-bound -- Will edit for food -- Lying to be a writer -- Writing, reading, food, some ass kicking -- A brand-new American -- An African folktale, a Wall Street lesson -- A dying father, dreams of Burma and England -- Wole Soyinka saves my Christmas -- Crashing a party, changing hearts
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
210 pages
Isbn
9781616957605
Lccn
2016019151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952942739
  • 1511785
  • (OCoLC)ocn952942739
  • 1511785
Label
Never look an American in the eye : a memoir of flying turtles, colonial ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American, Okey Ndibe
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
English dreams, communist fantasies, and American wrestling -- Never look an American in the eye -- My commission and a chilly American reception -- Sleepless in New York -- Nigerian, going dutch -- Fitting the description -- Are you okay? -- A Norwegian "Okay" interlude -- On a croc's back, America-bound -- Will edit for food -- Lying to be a writer -- Writing, reading, food, some ass kicking -- A brand-new American -- An African folktale, a Wall Street lesson -- A dying father, dreams of Burma and England -- Wole Soyinka saves my Christmas -- Crashing a party, changing hearts
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
210 pages
Isbn
9781616957605
Lccn
2016019151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952942739
  • 1511785
  • (OCoLC)ocn952942739
  • 1511785

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