The Bite of the Mango

by Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1554511585 Global Overview for this book
Registered by JessicaEby of Cambridge, Ontario Canada on 8/9/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by JessicaEby from Cambridge, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, August 09, 2017
It's been a long time since I read this book, but to celebrate the sesquicentennial this year I have dedicated my bookcrossing activity to the reading and sharing of Canadian stories, and this is one that is definitely worth sharing. I am registering this book as part of my Canada 150 project.

Here are my thoughts from when I first read the book several years ago (2009):

I was touched for many reasons while reading this story. For one thing, because Mariatu is just my age (I was also born in May of 1986), and we seem to have similar interests (theatre, which I really "found" after a serious illness in my own life; education; fashion; humanitarian efforts...). She seems like a girl who I would have been very likely to try to be friends with, if we would have been in the same place at the same time. Another thing is that, just as Mariatu's life was changing drastically, mine was too. Not through nearly as horrific a thing... it was illness for me. But I became very sick, was heavily medicated, had to spend time in hospitals, give up my education (which sadly I have not yet become healthy enough to rectify), etc... I could only stay awake 4 hours each day for a long time. It was right around this time... just as my body got sick but before I knew it, that I first read about and took an interest in Sierra Leone and what was happening there.

Anyway, I could go on for ages, but suffice it to say that this story is touching and inspiring. It reassures my belief that I should never give up on my dreams. I highly recommend it.

Journal Entry 2 by JessicaEby at Kravingz Cultural Eatery in Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 01, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (7/1/2018 UTC) at Kravingz Cultural Eatery in Mississauga, Ontario Canada


I released this book on a bench outside of Kravingz Cultural Eatery in Mississauga today. Unfortunately the restaurant was not open at the time, but my husband and I hope to try it out sometime if we're in Mississauga at a better time because it seems really cool! I thought it was an appropriate place to leave this book because of the fact that it is a story about a woman from another culture who has found a home here, as well as because of the foody/eating connection in the book's title and the significance of the taste of the mango in the story.

If you've found this book, thanks for picking it up and checking out its journal! If you're new to bookcrossing, welcome. We'd love it if you'd stick around with us a while. I really hope that you enjoy both this book and the whole bookcrossing experience!

This book was released as part of a couple of different release challenges here on bookcrossing-- the 2018 "Canada Days" Release Challenge and the 2018 "52 Towns in 52 Weeks" Release Challenge, in which Mississauga was Town #14 for me!

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