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Farewell, Fred Voodoo

A Letter From Haiti
Wilentz, Amy (Book - 2013 )
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The Rainy Season, Amy Wilentz's award-winning 1989 portrait of Haiti after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier, was praised in the New York Times Book Review as "a remarkable account of a journalist's transformation by her subject." In her relationship with the country since then, Wilentz has witnessed more than one magical transformation. Now, with Farewell, Fred Voodoo , she gives us a vivid portrayal of the extraordinary people living in this stark place. Wilentz traces the country's history from its slave plantations through its turbulent revolutionary history, its kick-up-the-dirt guerrilla movements, its totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, and its long and always troubled relationship with the United States. Yet through a history of hardship shines Haiti's creative culture-its African traditions, its French inheritance, and its uncanny resilience, a strength that is often confused with resignation. Haiti emerged from the dust of the 2010 earthquake like a powerful spirit, and this stunning book describes the country's day-to-day struggle and its relationship to outsiders who come to help out. There are human-rights reporters gone awry, movie stars turned aid workers, priests and musicians running for president, doctors turned diplomats. A former U.S. president works as a house builder and voodoo priests try to control elections. A foreign correspondent on a simple story becomes, over time and in the pages of this book, a lover of Haiti, pursuing the essence of this beautiful and confounding land into its darkest and brightest corners. Farewell, Fred Voodoo is a spiritual journey into the heart of the human soul, and Haiti has found in Amy Wilentz an author of astonishing wit, sympathy, and eloquence.
Authors: Wilentz, Amy
Title: Farewell, Fred Voodoo
a letter from Haiti
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Characteristics: xiv, 329 p. ;,23 cm.
ISBN: 9781451643978
1451643977
Statement of Responsibility: Amy Wilentz
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-314) and index.
Subject Headings: Wilentz, Amy Travel Haiti. Haiti History. Haiti Description and travel. Haiti Foreign relations United States. United States Foreign relations Haiti. Haiti Earthquake, Haiti, 2010.
Topical Term: Haiti Earthquake, Haiti, 2010.
LCCN: 2012018547
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""Fred Voodoo" is the joking, catch-all name that reporters used to call the man on the street in Haiti. Veteran journalist Amy Wilentz, who's been fascinated by and reporting on the poverty-stricken country for almost 30 years, is happy to say goodbye to that moniker and show readers some of the fascinating individuals she's met, including parents, priests, and presidents. Describing Haiti's turbulent history, and taking a particularly close look at the devastating 2010 earthquake, she provides an unsentimental yet loving look at a troubled land. This "excellent and illuminating" (Los Angeles Times) book is one of five on the short list for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography; winners will be announced on March 13. For more on post-earthquake Haiti, try Jonathan M. Katz's The Big Truck That Went By." Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/65a45623-29d8-4930-a050-7045f18b95cf?postId=fbfe1dbc-f888-4b7d-a453-8350c366f628

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