The Way Around

The Way Around

Finding My Mother and Myself Among the Yanomami

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Rooted in two vastly different cultures, a young man struggles to understand himself, find his place in the world, and reconnect with his mother--and her remote tribe in the deepest jungles of the Amazon rainforest--in this powerful memoir that combines adventure, history, and anthropology.

"My Yanomami family called me by name. Anyopo-we. What it means, I soon learned, is 'long way around': I'd taken the long way around obstacles to be here among my people, back where I started. A twenty-year detour."

For much of his young life, David Good was torn between two vastly different worlds. The son of an American anthropologist and a tribeswoman from a distant part of the Amazon, it took him twenty years to embrace his identity, reunite with the mother who left him when he was six, and claim his heritage.

The Way Around is Good's amazing chronicle of self-discovery. Moving from the wilds of the Amazonian jungle to the paved confines of suburban New Jersey and back, it is the story of his parents, his American scientist-father and his mother who could not fully adapt to the Western lifestyle. Good writes sympathetically about his mother's abandonment and the deleterious effect it had on his young self; of his rebellious teenage years marked by depression and drinking, and the near-fatal car accident that transformed him and gave him purpose to find a way back to his mother.

A compelling tale of recovery and discovery, The Way Around is a poignant, fascinating exploration of what family really means, and the way that the strongest bonds endure, even across decades and worlds.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062382122
Characteristics: ix, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Paisner, Daniel - Author


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May 03, 2016

Unbelievable story - did a good job of narrating his life story

ChristchurchLib Feb 16, 2016

Imagine being the child of an American scientist and an Amazonian tribeswoman who gives up trying to cope with American culture when you're six years old and disappears from your life. This describes author David Good's childhood, when his mother's abandonment left him uncomprehending and depressed. In this forgiving and insightful autobiography, Good relates the story of his parents' marriage, his early years, and his later struggles to understand who he was and why his mother had left. After going to the Amazon to meet her and her tribe, the Yanomami, he became able to reconcile himself with both cultures and find his own peace.

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