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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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

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

  • Cheri
    Jun 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

    Clemantine Wamariya's memoir attempts to put her experiences into words. For some of these experiences there are no words, they are so horrific and profound. At six years old, she and her fifteen year old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next seven years on their...

    *Thanks for the free book, Crown Publishing* The Girl Who Smiled Beads is a very good book; it never once felt dramatised or sensationalised ? Wamariya recounts her childhood and early adulthood in a very honest way. This book has a non-linear timeline, jumping back and forth b...

    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...

  • Tanya
    Jun 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

  • Marialyce
    May 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

  • Alecia
    Apr 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

    Clemantine Wamariya's memoir attempts to put her experiences into words. For some of these experiences there are no words, they are so horrific and profound. At six years old, she and her fifteen year old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next seven years on their...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jun 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Mark
    May 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

  • Laurie
    Feb 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Debbie
    May 07, 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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

  • Erin
    Apr 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jennifer Jimenez
    Apr 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

    Clemantine Wamariya's memoir attempts to put her experiences into words. For some of these experiences there are no words, they are so horrific and profound. At six years old, she and her fifteen year old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next seven years on their...

    *Thanks for the free book, Crown Publishing* The Girl Who Smiled Beads is a very good book; it never once felt dramatised or sensationalised ? Wamariya recounts her childhood and early adulthood in a very honest way. This book has a non-linear timeline, jumping back and forth b...

    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...

    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits The Girl Who Smiled Beads was an unusual memoir for me to appreciate because much of the horrific genocide that forced Wamariya's exile happens off the page. Normally this would irritate me no end, but in this case it is because...

    2.5 stars. First I would like to thank Crown Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I know this looks like a low rating, but I really did enjoy this book and find it very interesting. The writing style is what brought the book down for me...

    This book was very good. It's a haunting tale of one women's survival during the Rwandan genocide. I'd suggest reading this in as few sittings as you could to follow the story along well and get its full impact. Does a wonderful job of showing the world's juxtapositions...the world is ...

  • Sue
    Jun 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

  • Katie.dorny
    Jun 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    Apr 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

    Clemantine Wamariya's memoir attempts to put her experiences into words. For some of these experiences there are no words, they are so horrific and profound. At six years old, she and her fifteen year old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next seven years on their...

    *Thanks for the free book, Crown Publishing* The Girl Who Smiled Beads is a very good book; it never once felt dramatised or sensationalised ? Wamariya recounts her childhood and early adulthood in a very honest way. This book has a non-linear timeline, jumping back and forth b...

    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...

    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits The Girl Who Smiled Beads was an unusual memoir for me to appreciate because much of the horrific genocide that forced Wamariya's exile happens off the page. Normally this would irritate me no end, but in this case it is because...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Apr 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

  • Savannah Garner
    Apr 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

    Clemantine Wamariya's memoir attempts to put her experiences into words. For some of these experiences there are no words, they are so horrific and profound. At six years old, she and her fifteen year old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next seven years on their...

    *Thanks for the free book, Crown Publishing* The Girl Who Smiled Beads is a very good book; it never once felt dramatised or sensationalised ? Wamariya recounts her childhood and early adulthood in a very honest way. This book has a non-linear timeline, jumping back and forth b...

    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...

    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits The Girl Who Smiled Beads was an unusual memoir for me to appreciate because much of the horrific genocide that forced Wamariya's exile happens off the page. Normally this would irritate me no end, but in this case it is because...

    2.5 stars. First I would like to thank Crown Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I know this looks like a low rating, but I really did enjoy this book and find it very interesting. The writing style is what brought the book down for me...

  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Feb 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

  • Janel
    Apr 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...

    ? ?????????????????? So many stars for this read...........I feel so emotionally invested in this family that i am going to have to stalk them on social media. As the mother of an 11 year old boy who plays way too much fortnite i am gobsmacke...

    Clemantine Wamariya's memoir attempts to put her experiences into words. For some of these experiences there are no words, they are so horrific and profound. At six years old, she and her fifteen year old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next seven years on their...

    *Thanks for the free book, Crown Publishing* The Girl Who Smiled Beads is a very good book; it never once felt dramatised or sensationalised ? Wamariya recounts her childhood and early adulthood in a very honest way. This book has a non-linear timeline, jumping back and forth b...

  • Shaylee Jenkins
    Apr 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

  • Cheryl
    Jan 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    How can you give a rating to a memoir? It is what it is - one person?s story, unique to her, and told with a truly distinctive voice. This is Clemantine?s recollections of events that led her to leave her home in Rwanda and seek a place of safety, her understanding of the effect he...

    Clemantine Wamariya was a six year old girl, living a good life in Rwanda, when in 1994, her life upended, as the Rwandan massacre began and she was forced to flee the country with her fifteen year old sister. They spent the next six years, wandering through many African countries, str...

    Somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars! I devoured this book in two days! I didn't wanna put it down! ...

    Thank you Goodreads and Crown (Penguin-Random House) for choosing me as a winner of this ARC! 12 years after being separated from their parents during the war in Rwanda, Clementine and her older sister, Claire are invited to appear on the Oprah show. Clementine had written an essay ...