Right off the bat, Asare throws readers into a compellingly drawn world replete with rampant poverty, hunger and illiteracy. There is nothing stereotypical about the way Asare portrays the various villages and cities through which his life passes. His account is scattered with piquant, often outright funny, incidents which lend the narrative a buoyancy amid all the strife. A large part of the story involves historical details and incidents that Asare lived through, and to which he offers an insider’s perspective. Readers will constantly find themselves amazed at Asare’s unflagging persistence in trying to rise up and live the life he envisions for himself.
At times, Asare has a tendency to be a little pedantic, and contemplating life and America and what one ought and ought not do. At other times, the memoir reads slightly like an elaboration of a resume, an extremely impressive one at that. But overall, Asare is clear that he is writing this account to “share some of the valuable lessons he learned” and his sharp, engaging prose will keep readers hooked. Lovers of international stories of perseverance, history, and politics will enjoy this memoir, which is as illuminating as it is inspiring.
Takeaway: This memoir of leaving Ghana to find success in the U.S. is inspiring, surprising, and well written.
Great for fans of: Krishan K. Bedi’s Engineering a Life, Ousman Umar’s North to Paradise.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-