Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali (2020)

Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali Kris Holloway John Bidwell Monique and the Mango Rains Two Years with a Midwife in Mali Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of a rare friendship between a young Peace Corps volunteer and a midwife who became a legend Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope in a pla
  • Title: Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
  • Author: Kris Holloway John Bidwell
  • ISBN: 9781577664352
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali Kris Holloway John Bidwell Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of a rare friendship between a young Peace Corps volunteer and a midwife who became a legend Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope in a place where childbirth is a life and death matter This book tells of her unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriageMonique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of a rare friendship between a young Peace Corps volunteer and a midwife who became a legend Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope in a place where childbirth is a life and death matter This book tells of her unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriages, and endless backbreaking work Monique s buoyant humor and willingness to defy tradition were uniquely hers In the course of this deeply personal narrative, as readers immerse themselves in the rhythms of West African village life, they come to know Monique as friend, mother, and inspired woman.
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  1. Karin

    This book was hands down the best Peace Corps memoir I have yet to read Holloway s story wasn t a glorified quarterly report, listing all the projects she initiated or completed neither was it an enumeration of the hardships, challenges, substandard living conditions, and poverty she faced Rather, she described the development of her friendship with her local counterpart Monique in terms that were accessible Although the story took place in West Africa, it wasn t about West Africa.Most of all, i [...]

  2. Diane S ☔

    Kris was a young Peace Corp volunteer, straight out of college and her request for assignment was Mali After initial training she met Monique, who was a young midwife, in this very poor village Learned many heartbreaking facts about Mali, one of the poorest nations in the world, the amount of women dying in childbirth is heartbreaking Monique quickly took Kris under her wing and with Monique she experienced her first birth, she was so profoundly affected by this she vowed never to have children [...]

  3. Marieke

    I have a rule that if I m in tears at the end of a book, it gets five stars So five stars i don t think this is a perfect book, but it is well written and I was incredibly touched by the friendship of Monique and Kris I m very glad this book got written and published.

  4. Jessica

    I received this book for free from the publisher All content and opinions are my own.Two years in the Peace Corps A poor African village Another memoir Another culture story Nope, this book was anything but warn.Kris Holloway spent her two years in the Peace Corps in the Malian village of Nampossela She spent two years by the side of Monique Dembele, a midwife for hundreds of women The author s love for the African village, and especially Monique, transcended the pages Holloway found a true frie [...]

  5. Bonnie

    I realized there was, in their stories, a sense of calm in her final minutes, a lack of urgency in the actions or the telling That was a sharp contrast to the flurry of activity to prolong a life in our country Hers was not seen as an emergency, but rather as the hand of God How much of this attitude was the product of simply not having the knowledge or resources to save the dying, I didn t know I did know that I had to accept their stories, for they were all I had Amazing, beautiful, heatbreaki [...]

  6. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship

    3.5 starsOf the Peace Corps memoirs I ve read, this is by far the most positive I get the sense that Kris Holloway enjoyed her time in Mali, in addition to being enriched by it She seems to be an active rather than introspective person, which surely helped And most importantly, she sees the people she meets as individuals, rather than as manifestations of a foreign culture she treats people as people, like equals, rather than viewing them through the prism of their disadvantages.The primary focu [...]

  7. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    A very quick read This is the first Peace Corps memoir I ve ever read I know there are a lot of them floating around out there This book gives a good idea of what a Peace Corps volunteer might do in a small African village If you ever take simple things for granted, you need to read a book like this No toilet paper, or substitutes for it, in this village Kris Holloway spent 1989 1991 in the village of Nampossela, near the border with Burkina Faso She forged a strong friendship and working relati [...]

  8. Rennie Morrell

    Inspiring story.Monique, like the Mango Rains, lasted only a short while, but added immeasurable sweetness This story was fascinating on so many levels First, it makes one realize how it takes special people to be Peace Corps volunteers God bless them all Then, it highlights the Malian people s resilience and caring The author humanizes their lives so we see not only the pain and struggles, but the joy they share with each other And finally the story profiles an amazing woman who selflessly serv [...]

  9. Lauri Saplad

    This is an amazing story about an exemplary woman With very little support from family, culture and village, Monique Dembele became a healthcare worker in Mali Women there are subjected to hardship and cruelty as regular, typical treatment This woman overcame poverty, discrimination, indifference, and ignorance to go on to change and save lives Written by Peace Corps volunteer, Kris Holloway, this story demonstrates the very real friendship she shared with Monique and village life in Mali After [...]

  10. Bethany Zimp

    Short memoir of a Peace Corps members memories of living in Mali with one of the busiest midwives in the nation and ultimately a memorial of her death in childbirth There was actually much less maternity information and stories than I was expecting The author did a better job than most of acknowledging bias and sharing her Westernized views of African culture and communities.

  11. Kristin

    Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway was a book club selection One, that in all honesty, I probably would have never chosen on my own Kris Holloway served in the Peace Corps for two years She was assigned to a remote village in Mali to assist midwife, Monique Dembele At twenty four, Monique was quite young to be a midwife She was the only medical personnel for the village of Nampossela Mali has one of the highest fertility rates in sub Saharan Africa 6.8 children The maternity mortality [...]

  12. Fiona

    Kris Holloway is a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 Her job is a health care worker in Mali where Monique is the local village midwife This is their story.Monique has only a 6th grade education with a six or was it nine months training as a midwife, but she is well respected in her small village of Namposella Kris Monique learn a lot about each other For example, Kris learns about female genital mutilation and Monique is surprised that few American women have this done to them Kris orders a cassett [...]

  13. Tinea

    A sweet and loving memoir of a Peace Corps volunteer s time in Mali and her respect for the bittersweet life of her friend, confidante, and support there, a talented, skilled midwife who struggled with ambitious and romantic daydreams, too great a thirst for life and knowledge and love than the constraints of her life had to offer, but gave than she had to the lives she encountered within those circumstances The book offers a warm and open look at complexities of cross cultural relationships an [...]

  14. Chris

    I m almost always interested in fiction or non fiction stories set in other cultures and this was no exception Kris Holloway was a Peace Corps volunteer 1989 1991 in a small village in Mali She primarily worked with the amazing Monique who acts as a general health care practitioner and midwife for the villagers Daily life can be back breaking labor, or other work from morning to night especially for the women Oh yes, another patriarchial society that frustrated and disturbed me as I moved throug [...]

  15. Jo Oehrlein

    This is the story of the author s two year Peace Corps stint in a small village in Mali There, she worked with and became a member of the midwife s family That midwife is the Monique of the title.The book covers the hardships six foot cobra in the house, misdirected menstrual supplies , the successes the building of a new birthing house, successful deliveries , the funny mis steps in the native language, awkwardness planting , and the every day weighing babies, eating, etcThe book discusses issu [...]

  16. Lola Allen

    I really enjoyed reading this book As an avid fiction reader and writer, I was rather sceptical about reading a book that fell into the non fiction category I am however very interested in reading books that are about or from Africa, so I decided to give this book a go, and I m glad that I did.What a fantastic book Although it was non fiction, Kris Holloway did a wonderful job of bringing the characters and setting to life especially Monique To the point where I felt like I knew some of the char [...]

  17. Liralen

    Much of the author s success in writing this book comes down, in my opinion, to her focus Monique It would have been easy to open the story with the author s arrival in Mali, or her Peace Corps training, or a scene of an awkward cultural misunderstanding there are some misunderstandings, but they re secondary , but instead she structures the book around her time with Monique.At times I wished that I hadn t read the introduction it makes for such a bittersweet book but I loved reading about the d [...]

  18. Melinda

    A touching story of a Peace Corps volunteer on assignment in Mali to aid the village midwife Monique encompasses so much, it is a rich tale of friendship as well as exhibiting the hardships and obstacles of the Mali people The author did a wonderful job describing scenarios and histories of the village, village inhabitants as well as introducing us to Monique as a midwife and on a personal level Ms Holloway s writing is simple with enough educational information without coming across as a report [...]

  19. Irene

    I am half way through this book and I am really upset Poor Monique works tirelessly for up to 18 hours a day, and actually sometimes she doesn t even get to sleep at all, birthing the babies of Namposella while her husband picks up her salary This small amount 23 a month U.S could be used to feed her family as she has a growing child of her own Instead, her husband squanders her salary on such items as his girlfriends new wardrobe while his wife and child literally starve, eating only onions fro [...]

  20. Elizabeth Desole

    This was such an inspiring read This is exactly the book I want to read from a peace corps worker She is so evenhanded She does judge people, but by their actions only She really tries to understand the culture and put people s behavior in the context of it But let s face it, some people are jerks and that will be true wherever you are She acknowledges this and delivers a very human portrait of the town in Mali that she spent 2 years living in She is so modest and open minded and accepting but d [...]

  21. Dorcas

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book If you like a story that takes you to a far away place and lets you sit with the locals around a cooking fire this is it A young woman is sent to Mali by the peace corps to assist a local midwife in her daily rounds and set up a better clinic for the women All I can say is WOW Its an eye opener for any westerner to see what daily life in Mali is like let alone what its like for it s pregnant women As a reader I felt a part of it and when the book was finished I had to le [...]

  22. Carrie

    This was another Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing and I really loved it It s the memoir of a Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years in Mali a country that I admittedly know very little about The author s host was the village midwife the Monique in the title and the book is a really wonderful look at a community working together to improve healthcare and especially labor and delivery for it s members It also makes it clear just how life changing cross cultural experiences such as this are [...]

  23. Caitlyn Sahlberg

    This is a true story about two women developing a lifelong friendship I really liked the story and I felt like I was there in Mali in the village while I was reading it There were funny parts and sad parts in this book and it was very interesting to learn about some of Malian culture My favorite part was when Monique didn t realize exactly how an airplane worked and she thought you had to hold on just like you hold on to the motorcycle I felt like this book was nice and smooth to read I would re [...]

  24. Joanna

    I was afraid that this memoir of two years spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali would be mostly about the author and the difficulties of being a volunteer Instead, the book was a wonderful account of the friendship between the author and her village hostess, the midwife of the community The author doesn t try to remove herself from the story to write an objective account, but she also doesn t make the story all about herself.Highly recommended.

  25. Tejas Janet

    Thoughtfully written and very engaging Full of hope but tinged with sorrow Holloway really brings the country and people of Mali to life on the pages here Even though we are forewarned about the sad ending from the beginning, it didn t lessen my sadness about the loss of a beautiful soul, taken too soon from this earth.

  26. Hannah

    To be honest, this was a lot better then I expected it to be Monique sounds like she was a beautiful person doing a lot of good for her community Author Kris Holloway did her story and her legacy justice IMO.I admit to freely crying at the end.

  27. Olwen

    Absolutely loved this book I felt like I was in the village with them, it s so well written and engaging Like many other biographies located in non western cultures, it gave me a sharp reminder of how abundantly wealthy we are compared to the rest of the world.

  28. Kelli

    Such a rich story of a young woman s experiences living in a village in Africa and working alongside the village midwife.

  29. Megan

    This was a wonderful memoir of a Peace Corps volunteer s experience with a midwife in Mali At times I was laughing outloud and others I was crying Wonderful I want to know .

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