Searching for Zion

The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora
Author(s): Emily Raboteau
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2013
Product Number: EB00640978
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802193797
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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From Jerusalem to Ghana to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, a woman reclaims her history in a "beautifully written and thought-provoking" memoir (Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King and Zeitoun). A biracial woman from a country still divided along racial lines, Emily Raboteau never felt at home in America. As the daughter of an African American religious historian, she understood the Promised Land as the spiritual realm black people yearned for. But while visiting Israel, the Jewish Zion, she was surprised to discover black Jews. More surprising was the story of how they got there. Inspired by their exodus, her question for them is the same one she keeps asking herself: have you found the home you're looking for? In this American Book Award–winning inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement, Raboteau embarked on a ten-year journey around the globe and back in time to explore the complex and contradictory perspectives of black Zionists. She talked to Rastafarians and African Hebrew Israelites, Evangelicals and Ethiopian Jews—all in search of territory that is hard to define and harder to inhabit. Uniting memoir with cultural investigation, Raboteau overturns our ideas of place, patriotism, dispossession, citizenship, and country in "an exceptionally beautiful . . . book about a search for the kind of home for which there is no straight route, the kind of home in which the journey itself is as revelatory as the destination" (Edwidge Danticat, author of The Farming of Bones).

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Author(s): Emily Raboteau
Narrator(s): Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Product Number BN3286
Released: Jan 08, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781469286129

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