Chameleon Days An American Boyhood in Ethiopia

ISBN-10: 0618658696

ISBN-13: 9780618658695

Edition: 2006

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Description: At the age of three, in 1964, Tim Bascom is thrust into a world of eucalyptus trees and stampeding baboons when his family moves from the Midwest to Ethiopia. Unflinchingly observant, young Tim reveals his missionary parents" struggles in a sometimes hostile country. Sent reluctantly to boarding school in the capital, Bascom finds that beyond the gates enclosing that peculiar, isolated world, conflict roils Ethiopian society; as he grows older, the secret riot drills at school create in him a mounting unease. While visiting his parents" home, where another missionary family has fled after an attack by rampaging students, Tim witnesses the disintegration of his family"s African idyll as Hailie Selassie"s empire begins to crumble. Like Alexandra Fuller"s Don"t Let"s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Chameleon Days chronicles social upheaval through the keen yet naive eyes of a child. Bascom offers readers a fascinating glimpse of missionary life, much as Barbara Kingsolver did in The Poisonwood Bible.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

TIM BASCOM spent much of his childhood in Ethiopia, where his father, a doctor, worked in mission hospitals. A graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, he has been published in The Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Newton, Iowa, with his wife and two sons.

Ted Hoagland is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: Chameleon Days

Foreword
Baboons on a Cliff
The Chameleon Looked Both Ways
A Vocabulary for My Senses
The Letters She Wrote
The Emperor""s Smile
Birth Order
Bushwhacking
In My Father""s House
My Brother""s Keeper
Blessed Assurance
Come or Go?
Castaways
Wave Goodbye
Cinders
Code of Conduct
Waiting Games
Candy Day
Moon Landing
My World, Their World
Sent Back
And I""ll Fly Away
What Kind of Children?
My Pilgrim Progress
The Volcanic
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