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By Sara James

Transplanting Southern roots to southern Africa, Ginger Mauney has earned the recognition of a troop of baboons, unraveled mysteries of lifestyles and dying in an elephant herd, and raised her younger son within the wilds of Etosha nationwide Park. in the course of her profession as a tv journalist, Sara James paid her personal technique to conceal the battle in Nicaragua, uncovered slavery in Sudan, plunged to the grave web site of the large, yet struggled to stability paintings with marriage and motherhood. notwithstanding the 2 lead probably contrary lives, there's a lot they proportion. A place of origin in Richmond, Virginia, an allure to lifestyles at the razor's area, and a prior. Now, during this heartfelt memoir, Sara and Ginger alternately narrate the tale in their twenties, thirties, and forties during the lens of a friendship that has spanned millions of miles and greater than thirty years, and demonstrate how they dared to reinvent their lives, simply because it appeared that every little thing used to be falling aside.

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Clearly she was moving up while I’d moved back with nothing—no money, no job, and no self-esteem. My parents let me wallow in self-pity for a few weeks before Mom gave me a verbal slap in the face. “Gin, this has got to stop. You must get out, get on with your life. Here’s Carolyn’s phone number. She’s Bessie Mae’s niece and she works in placement at a temporary agency. Call her. ” Two days later I was standing shivering in the frozen-food aisle of the local grocery store handing out samples of the latest concentrated fruit juice.

Whenever she was ill—which was often—or behaved badly— which was more often—I could only think: She could have been me; I could have been her. In 1972, when I shared my secret with Sara, no one I knew spoke of illnesses or any other troubles at home. In the years of limbo between Leave It to Beaver and Dallas, problems and pain, if they existed, crept out in whispers in the kitchen and never in front of children. Watching The Brady Bunch was as close as we ever got to being inside a broken home.

Sometime later, a white lady spider had emerged from her burrow in the sand to grab a four-legged meal, leaving behind her pinpricksized footprints and a thin drag mark. As the sun rose, we had heard a jackal’s plaintive cry nearby, followed by a howl rising up over the dunes. Now we saw the jackal’s paw prints layered over the other tracks. In the desert, the morning news was of life and survival, as raw and as powerful as anything Sara might have reported on television the night before. In thirty fleeting days, the Bartletts shared their passion for the bush, their incredible knowledge, and then their wealth of contacts.

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