Learning to Play With a Lion's Testicles: Unexpected Gifts From the Animals of Africa
The cheeky title of Melissa Haynes's story of adventure in Africa, Learning to Play with a Lion's Testicles, earned the book some big publicity on NBC-TV/Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on September 4,2013 where it topped the show's list of "Titles Not to Read" for September 2013. Melissa's book was also a big smash on the March 11, 2014 Ellen Show, where Ellen and guest ...more
I was expecting something entirely different inside this book; despite the title, the cover art fooled me into believing this book was much more serious than it was. There was the element of the author's struggles to come to terms with her mother's death, but the mood of the Learning to Play with a Lion's Testicles was ridiculously engaging. Melissa Haynes obviously felt very little concern over maintaining her dignity as she repeatedly threw ...more
A friend browsing on Amazon saw that and decided this was the perfect gift for my bookshelf. Go figure... and that title might just be the most un-cliched line in the entire book.
I think I would miss many good things though if I disregarded them on that basis alone, but to leave some honest criticism, much of this book was built up of cliches. Middle-class blonde American girl goes off to Africa after her mother ...more
First thing is first. 'Playing with a lion's testicles' means taking foolhardy chances, the book title suggests she needed to somehow learn this? No. She did this from day one... as if she was a ...more
I liked this book a lot.
The first few chapters of it were a little clunky and hard to wade through; I didn't like the switching back between the city life (view spoiler)[(with her mother suffering from cancer and general old age) (hide spoiler)] and the reserve (where a lot of the life lessons happen). I think that the book would do better to clump the city stuff in the beginning and THEN move to Africa... for narrative purposes and less ...more
I don't read non fiction or memoirs ever ; but I do like watching The Discovery Channel when Lions are being featured, I love these beasts! & that is exactly what drew me to this novel, at a glance.
I took my time reading this book because I wanted to conserve the experience and really reflect on Melissa's journey. I think I enjoyed this memoir so much because it was: very real, funny, inspiring, and took place in Africa! I can honestly say I am inspired and have added volunteering in a ...more
The African safari portions were comical. I could envision many people having the same unrealistic expectations of volunteering. The ideal of a wonderful, romantic adventure only to be disappointed with the reality of hard, back breaking and very un-glamorous work.
All in all ...more
They say when we step outside of our comfort zone magic happens and Melissa didn't just step out of her comfort zone; she shot herself out of a human cannon to get as far away from it as possible.
But the real magic happens when we give of ourselves because in giving we receive and we receive beyond our greatest dreams. ...more