Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: Listening to Africa by Diana M. Raab

Journey to the heart of Africa with poet and essayist Diana M. Raab. This thought-provoking, moving poetry collection captures the essence of all that is Africa and more. Travel alongside Raab and her family as they take off from America, visit Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, and ponder the author's reflections of all she's learned as her family heads back to the States.

Listening to Africa is an eloquent collection of poems that begs you to savor every word. From how she was drawn to Africa to reminders of her father, from balloon rides to how little things become big ones, and from giraffes to hippos, Raab's words make you want to embrace and understand a culture different than your own. Numerous photos from the family's trip are the pefect accompaniment to the lyrical prose.

This is a collection you'll read more than once. The stunning cover art makes for a great conversation starter.

I look forward to Raab's next collection.

Price: $16.00
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781936482184
Publisher: Antrim House
Release: April 18, 2012

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Diana M. Raab is a memoirist, essayist and poet. She has a B.S. in Health Administration and Journalism, and an RN degree from Vanier College in Montreal, in addition to an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program.

Diana has been writing from an early age. As a child of two working parents, she spent a lot of time crafting letters and keeping a daily journal. A journaling advocate and educator, Diana teaches creative journaling and memoir in workshops around the country. She frequently speaks and writes about the healing powers of writing.

She’s the award-winning author of eight books, and the author of over 500 articles and poems. Her release is Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Depression, co-edited with James Brown, which is a compilation of essays by renowned writers discussing how addiction has influenced their literary lives. She is also editor of Writers and Their Notebooks, a collection of essays written by well-known writers who keep journals.

Raab is the author of two memoirs, Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal, winner of the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir and Healing With Words, the 2011 Mom's Choice Award Winner for Adult Nonfiction.

She is also a registered nurse who teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and at various writing workshops across the country. She is the author of four poetry collections, My Muse Undresses Me (2007); Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You (2008), winner of The Reader Views Award and an Allbooks Review Editor's Choice Award; The Guilt Gene (2009); and Listening to Africa (2012).

Her poetry and prose have appeared in national journals and anthologies such as Rattle, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, Writers' Journal, A Cafe in Space, the Toronto Quarterly, Common Ground Review, The Smoking Poet, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, Lucidity, Blood and Thunder, Jet Fuel Review, Ascent, and The Huffington Post.

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Anonymous said...

Hi, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing your review of LISTENING TO AFRICA.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Susanne.

Tribute Books said...

Cheryl, I"m so glad you enjoyed Diane's collection of poems, and that you're looking forward to more from her.

Susanne, thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment on Cheryl's review :)