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What is the What by Dave Eggers
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Jun 16, 09

bookshelves: fiction, non-fiction
Read in June, 2009

This book was recommended to me by a good friend in the Coming to the Table group (www.comingtothetable.org). What the people of Sudan have suffered through over the past few decades of civil war, after centuries of trans-Saharan slave trade and British colonialism mixed in to a lesser degree with Belgian and French colonialism, is unconscionable and unimaginable to me. The privilege I possess to have lived the life I've led in the United States by comparison with that of Valentino Achak Deng and his fellow Lost Boys is indeed high. I am grateful to Valentino and Dave Eggers for sharing his story with the world. This book screams out to be required reading for every high school class and reading club in America. See how the proceeds are being used to build schools in southern Sudan at Valentino's website (www.valentinoachakdeng.org). And read this book.
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