Monday, June 13, 2011

Masha Hamilton's THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE Chosen for NYU/Steinhardt's New Student Reading

THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE by Masha HamiltonLast week, the Steinhardt School of New York University announced that Masha Hamilton's The Camel Bookmobile is required reading for all of its freshmen.

“We thought The Camel Bookmobile would serve as a wonderful metaphor to shape our discussion of the issues that our students face in a world revolutionized by technical advances,” said Patricia Carey, associate dean for student affairs.

The novel's main character is Fiona Sweeney—a librarian who wants to do something that matters. She chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya by helping to start a traveling library. Her intentions are honorable, but, encumbered by her Western values, Fiona does not understand the people she seeks to help. And in the impoverished small community of Mididima, she finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile local struggle when the bookmobile's presence sparks a dangerous feud between the proponents of modernization and those who fear the loss of traditional ways.

There's a reading guide for
The Camel Bookmobile—and here's Masha and the camel bookmobile in action.

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