This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever visited Swaziland, or as it’s now been renamed, Eswatini? I haven’t, but I do love learning about other countries and cultures. If you share my interest, pick up a copy of this very short, thoroughly delightful memoir by Daniel Stantus: Of Witches, Red Dust, and Tjwala. Memoirs can be very dry, but that’s one description that doesn’t apply to Stantus’ book. This reads like a collection of short stories, often humorous, told in a conversational style, and focussed on the highlights of Daniel’s four years as a voluntary teaching member of the Peace Corps. Daniel’s training had him living with a Swazi family where he saw a need for and oversaw the digging of a decent “toilet” 20 feet deep: he found it a preferable way for eliminating human waste but I’m not sure the Swazis agreed.
It seems Daniel was forever being surprised by what he experienced in this beautiful country. Like how did he, someone with no interest or experience in sports, end up being the sportsmaster? But perhaps even more surprised were the members of his football team when he miraculously brought a team player back to life. Did Daniel have magic powers like their witch doctors? Oh, speaking of witch doctors, imagine how weird Daniel felt when he spotted a witch doctor dancing around his front yard and throwing bones onto his veranda at night! Why did he do that? Even funnier is Daniel’s story of the reaction of a newly arrived couple of volunteers. Daniel invited them to stay overnight in his home while he was away. When he returned, they had fled in obvious distress and haste. What spooked them? You’ll be laughing when you find out, but if you experienced what they did, you might have fled too. Of Witches, Red Dust and Tjwala (which is a Swazi homebrew) is a delightful read. Laugh while you learn. Treat yourself to a relaxing, informative memoir by Daniel Stantus. You’ll be glad you did.