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How to Read the Air
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Recorded Books, Inc. 2010
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Unabridged
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African-born author Dinaw Mengestu's prose is praised as "heart-rending and indelible" (Publishers Weekly), and his debut novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was a New York Times Notable Book. In How to Read the Air, Mengestu crafts a moving tale about one man's search for identity. After his estranged Ethiopian immigrant father dies, Jonas hopes to answer questions about his heritage and culture. So he leaves his wife and home in New York and sets out across the trail his own parents took when they first arrived in America.

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Street Date:
10/14/2010
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781461807049
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APA Citation (style guide)

Dinaw Mengestu. (2010). How to Read the Air. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Dinaw Mengestu. 2010. How to Read the Air. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Dinaw Mengestu, How to Read the Air. Recorded Books, Inc, 2010.

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Dinaw Mengestu. How to Read the Air. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2010.

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