Brother in the bush : an African American's search for self in East Africa
- John Slaughter.
- Chicago : Agate, c2005.
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Brother in the Bush is a coming-of-awareness memoir of what the experience of Africa can mean for a 21st-century African American. John Slaughter, a successful stockbroker, has "made it" as a black man in America, but his life is full of constant reminders of how violently fragile existence here really is. Not long after his Baltimore townhouse is invaded--and Slaughter confronts, shoots, and kills the intruder with his shotgun--he embarks on a series of trips to Africa that unfold over almost a decade. Along the way he discovers a way of life that transforms and deepens his identity as an African American. Seduced and humbled by the contrasting realities, beauties and dangers he discovers in East Africa, Slaughter encounters different ways of life that begin to change his conceptions of life's purpose and meaning. Slaughter's vivid, blunt, and erudite narrative voice moves back and forth from his past growing up in the sixties and seventies to the present-tense of his journeys. Brother in the Bush unearths, probes and assesses the truths that Africa helps teach Slaughter about his life--and all of our lives--here in today's America.
- A Note About This Book and This Author p. vi
- 1 The Wilderness I Call Home p. 1
- 2 The Awakening p. 9
- 3 A Voyeur's Paradise p. 22
- 4 Under the Stars p. 32
- 5 The First Bones of Man p. 42
- 6 Maasai p. 49
- 7 The Illusion of Inclusion p. 57
- 8 Fear p. 65
- 9 Be-bop-The Beat of the Bush p. 74
- 10 Brothers Here, My Cousins There p. 81
- 11 Dreaming of "They" and "Them" p. 97
- 12 Zanzibar p. 110
- 13 The Reawakening: Coming Home to the Skin Game p. 118
- 14 Black Cotton p. 128