The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

A riveting story of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us. Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were "thunder." In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and s A riveting story of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us. Clemantine Wamariya was s...

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Title:The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
Author:Clemantine Wamariya
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Girl Who Smiled Beads
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After Reviews

  • Cheri
    Jun 16, 2018
    ?Often, still, my own life story feels fragmented, like beads unstrung. Each time I scoop up my memories, the assortment is slightly different. I worry, at times, that I?ll always be lost inside.? Even at the tender age of four, Clementine was precocious, demanding the tru...
  • Ali Edwards
    Apr 13, 2018
    Back in 2014 I heard Clemantine speak in Washington DC at a summit on girls + women in Africa which was sponsored by the ONE Campaign and Google. The event itself and the stories presented were profoundly moving and educational. When I was offered an opportunity to receive an advance c...
  • JanB
    Apr 21, 2018
    5++ stars I had plans for today but first I decided to sit and read for an hour. Many hours later, I closed the last page of this book. I simply could not put it down until I had read every word of this powerful memoir. Clemantine was born into a comfortable middle-class family i...
  • Elyse
    Apr 30, 2018
    ?The word genocide cannot articulate the one-person experience?the real experience of each of the millions it purports to describe. The experience with a child playing dead in a pool of his father?s blood. The experience of a mother forever wailing on her knees?. ?The wor...
  • Chrissie
    Apr 21, 2018
    This is a book about Clemantine Wamariya ?s experiences during the Rwandan and Burundi Genocides. Starting in April 1994 and for 100 days, ethnic Hutu extremists slaughtered 800,000 of the minority Tutsi community and other political opponents regardless of their ethnicity. The fight...
  • Julie Christine
    Jun 17, 2018
    Having so recently read Jennifer Haupt's novel In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, I went in search of real-life survivor accounts of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and immediately landed on Clemantine Wamariya's extraordinary story. This is not a recounting of the killing fields ? the 100...
  • Marialyce
    May 19, 2018
    You can find my reviews at: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... This was truly a harrowing tale of survival against the most oppressive of odds. Inhumanity is not confined to a country, a person, an idea. It is endemic to what is human, that need to dominate, to feel in control...
  • Dem
    May 18, 2018
    An interesting story that gives the readers a young girls views and thoughts on her experiences of War and Genocide and what it means to try to rebuild a life again and the feeling of never belonging. Firstly I listened to this one on audio and while the narrator was adequate the bo...
  • Heather
    Jun 10, 2018
    **I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.** This book is amazing. I can't even imagine going through what this young woman has gone through. (Side note: I had a lot of really smart and eloquent things in my head to say about this book when I finished reading it...
  • Ellie
    May 14, 2018
    This is the often harrowing (true) story of a child driven out of her home by the war in Rwanda. For seven years, Clemantine Wamariya and her older sister fled from one refugee camp to another, across half of Africa escaping the Rwandan genocide. One day, she is living a protected midd...
  • Dianne
    Jul 20, 2018
    I have a tough time reviewing memoirs. It makes me feel like I am judging the memoirist's life story, which is creepy and weird. So let me just say, this is an incredible journey. It's hard to believe Wamariya and her family survived the Rawandan genocide and the aftermath, bouncing th...
  • Esil
    Jul 03, 2018
    The Girl Who Smiled Beads tells the extraordinary story of Clementine Wamariya. At age 7, she and her older sister were seperated from their parents in Rwanda. They made their own way through a series of refugee camps and ultimately moved to the US as refugees. At the time, Clementine ...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jun 03, 2018
    This is the moving memoir of a Rwandan refugee. In truth, it?s the story of Wamariya, her sister Claire, and a variety of other family members. But it?s told by Wamariya, who was displaced from her home by conflict at just six years old. If you have a six or seven-year old in yo...
  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 29, 2018
    4.5 The genocide in Rawanda, another subject that I knew little about. I knew it happened, knew it was a terrible atrocity, saw bits and pieces on the news, but that's about the extent of my knowledge. Now after reading this memoir about a young girl who experienced this herself, I kno...
  • Susanne Strong
    Aug 31, 2018
    5 Astounding Stars. The Girl Who Smiled Beads is the story of tragedy, war, violence and ultimately of survival. Six year old Clemantine Wamariya was torn from her home along with her older sister Claire, when the War broke out in Rwanda. Fleeing everything they had ever known, ...
  • Angela M
    Apr 14, 2018
    4.5 stars . I read very few memoirs, but felt I should read this one after recently reading a novel about the Rwanda genocide which made me realize of how little I knew of it. In this book, we are exposed to it head on, with excruciating honesty . So many people killed but what abo...
  • Laurie
    Feb 16, 2018
    The title of the book is based on a story that Clementine's nanny, Mukamana, would tell her. It was about a beautiful, magical girl who roamed the earth, smiling beads, and it was her favorite story. How ironic that Clementine ended up roaming the world. The references to different bo...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Jun 11, 2018
    I have read about the Rwanda genocide before and because of that I was hesitant to pick up this memoir. In fact, one of the books I could not even finish it was so brutal. This is not just a book about the Rwanda genocide, nor about a refugee coming to America, or rising from adv...
  • Tania
    Jul 14, 2018
    I lost track of who I was. I?d become a negative, a receptacle of need. I was hungry, I was thirsty, I needed a bathroom, I needed a place to sleep. How would you cope if you were a happy six-year-old, but then one day your entire world is turned upside down when everyone in your c...
  • Debbie
    May 07, 2018
    Socks officially knocked off! Best book I?ve read this year, hands down, and it goes on my all-time favorites list. Intense, upsetting, sobering, this story got under my skin in a big way. I can?t stop thinking about, I can?t stop talking about it. One day Clementine is pla...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    May 03, 2018
    The Nobel Peace Prize winning author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Weisel, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 where Oprah played clips from an interview they had done on site at Auschwitz. In addition, on the same episode, Oprah was recognizing fifty winners of a high school ess...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Aug 09, 2018
    I don?t normally read autobiographies and seems to shy away from them but with all the high rating and reviews from my Traveling Sisters and Friends I finally along with Susanne dived into this one. I am really glad I did. I went into this one not knowing much about the Rwandan ge...
  • Lola
    Jun 28, 2018
    ''Here's my story,'' I said. ''Use it now or later. When you need it, it'll be there for you. Maybe someday you'll be facing a challenge, and you'll think of my story. You'll think of Claire. You'll remember to put your ego in a bag and throw that bag away. You'll remember to be kind ...
  • Erin
    Apr 02, 2018
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. If I had a hard copy of this book, I would send it to each and everyone of you. Books like this resonate once again how powerful the written word can be and how a raw and deeply moving narrative can reach n...
  • Jen
    Oct 14, 2018
    So hard to write a review on a memoir especially of one where a girl has survived a brutal Genocide in Rwanda. Even when she arrives in the U.S as a refugee, the years of trauma unravel even once she has landed in a war free zone. The fears still remain- the difficulty trusting, the ...
  • Katie.dorny
    Jun 08, 2018
    I am trying to read more non fiction now I?m older to actually educate myself about the world and other people - and my god this one took me on a journey. Clemantine details her journey through the Rwandan genocide, her childhood in refugee camps and her life in America; alongside h...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 29, 2018
    5 brave, bold stars to The Girl Who Smiled Beads! ? ? ? ? ? The Girl Who Smiled Beads has been the memoir I?ve most anticipated reading this year, and when I finally got to it, it was just after reading a fictional account of the genocide in Rwanda, In the Shadow o...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Feb 16, 2018
    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...
  • Katie B
    Mar 29, 2018
    Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her life changed forever. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, were forced to leave their family behind and flee their home country as the Rwanda massacre raged on. They spent the next six years as refugees in multiple African...
  • Peter
    Sep 20, 2018
    Fragmentation This is the third book I?ve read this year based around the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Each book has been haunting, heartbreaking and tragic - this book is no different. I didn?t want to be reminded about that period again but it is compelling and inspirational to see...