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Keepers of The Story

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$15.95
ISBN:
9780998727714
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Weight:
32.0 Ounces


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Author:
Micah Springer
Format:
6" x 9" Paperback
Page Count:
320

Product Description

In 1993 two young women, Micah and Kas, set out alone to backpack through Africa for nearly a year. They leap headlong into cultural misunderstanding, crocodiles, and corruption, imperiling their lives and testing their lucky stars. The Motherland unveils her deepest mysteries when Micah falls in love with a nomadic warrior, and his rich tradition. Sex, alienation, danger, longing, unwritten languages, and moonlight dances become Micah’s pathway to inner wisdom and the divine.

This tribute to the Earth, and the people who live in balance with nature, welcomes us all to reclaim our place by our ancestors’ fire. We are now and have always been the Keepers of The Story.

“Elegantly constructed and written with a kind of devotional fire, this riveting memoir of a year in the villages of the African bush is a portrait of both an endangered tribal way of life and the author’s own heart. It is a genuine literary achievement that performs an important work of cultural reclamation besides. Micah Springer is a spiritual powerhouse.” -Eli Gottlieb, author of Best Boy

Currently, sourcing 100% post-consumer recycled fiber for publication is uncommon and therefore challenging. Thankfully, a wonderful collaboration has been born between Micah’s vision and Thomson-Shore’s expertise and this book as well as future books from Vital Plume will demonstrate our commitment to the trees, the Earth and one another.

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  1. Excellent book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2017

    Well written & engaging memoir of 2 young women's year of traveling across Africa- not the comfortable luxurious resort travel westerners are used to, but walking, delivery trucks, bus, etc. to meet, interact and live with the people they meet along the way. . I couldn't put it down!


  2. ... bold, courageous and brutally honest. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Sep 2017

    On the surface, the book appears to be a story of two young women traveling across Africa in the early 90's. There is more to the story of course, and universal themes come through. Micah Springer is unafraid to speak honestly about what it can be like to simply travel while being in the female body and all of the pitfalls, challenges, danger, and annoyances that entails!

    Keepers of the Story also reminds us that our complicated western way of living strays so far from any connection to living in harmony with our planet. The reader will consider ways to simplify and reconnect to the Earth and the people we love. The book also explores themes of love, and human connection - during this time where people tend to fear the unknown, curse those who are different, and build walls. It's refreshing to read a book that crosses cultures, time, and distance, inspiring a deep connection with others, through mutual understanding and respect. Springer's writing is bold, courageous and brutally honest. I applaud her honest look at what it means to be a young woman coming of age, experiencing the intensity of first love, and the sometimes terrifying experiences women can still face daily in this world.


  3. Mesmerizing, stunning debut memoir! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Aug 2017

    Oh my heart, nominating Micah Springer for memoir laureate of the US! After eagerly awaiting my copy, I read this debut memoir in 1.5 days, and had to write a thank you to the author when I finished.

    The book is powerful. The writing is dreamy and poetic; the themes spiritual, yet practical. A book for anyone who's journeyed in this life. I can't believe this is her first publication!

    It has two parallel narratives: one about the author's yearlong backpacking trip in her 20s through Africa with her best friend, and the other storyline details the intimate relationship she has with her tribal, nomadic African lover (I'll tell you that much, but no spoilers!).

    Memoirs are one of my favorite genres. The storytelling in Keepers of the Story shares the circle with Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert. Her deep reverence for nature and tribal communities left me weeping at times.

    For the film buffs, think: The Eagle Huntress + Wild + Lion, in Africa. Plus, the humor often lightens what can be heavy undertaking.

    Bonus: it's 100% eco-printed!

    Reads like a life masterpiece and will be great for book club discussions!



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