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Reading About Haiti

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Reading About Haiti

As a child I was a MAJOR bookworm. Always had a book with me. Making myself carsick because I just couldn't put the book down. Imma be real with y'all though. Once I got to college I stopped reading for pleasure and only out of obligation. Big Miss Steak.

Once I finished school I started reading again a little bit, but nowhere near before. The past few years have been more nonfiction reading like articles about various things I’m interested in. It wasn’t until I arrived in Haiti that I really got back into reading. I’m taking full advantage of the library and using the resources available to me.

At the library, there is a Haiti section. It is full of books about Haitian history, Haitian culture and books written by Haitian authors. I’m slowly but surely making my way through this section. Through books, I’ve been able to experience Haiti in a different way. I’m learning so much just from the novels I’m reading. There are things I wouldn’t even have known to ask about or research without reading these books.

I’m currently working my way through the works of Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian author. If you’re interested in reading stories related to Haiti or just good books in general I just put you on 💁🏾‍♀️

There are countless ways you can experience another culture while living abroad. Reading books has given me conversation starters, insight into the way of life and historical background on this tropical island I get to call home.

Link to Edwidge Danticat:

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