“I enjoy Ms. Danticat’s books because she paints Haiti in a way I will never understand as a non-native. She opens Haiti up for me and gives me a lens into daily events that are tragic, terrifying, and sometimes beautiful and magical. She is one of those great writers who can weave words into pictures, emotions, and deeper sensory experiences. Definitely a couple of my favorite Haiti books, but truly some of my favorite all-time reads.” – Dave Kless, Heartline Media Coordinator
“This book is an eye-opening read for anyone who has ever wondered what happened to all of the foreign aid and relief money that was pledged to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. In this compelling book, Katz mixes his firsthand narrative of the earthquake and its aftermath along with critical information about how the world pledged $16.3 billion in aid and then utterly failed to live up to its promises.” – Ashley Leonard, Heartline Communications & Sponsorship Coordinator
“It can be very easy for foreigners living in or visiting Haiti to get frustrated with how Haitians handle money and relationships. I often hear Americans say, ‘Why don’t they just do it this way? Things will work out so much better.’ This book does a great job of comparing the two cultures and defining what material resources and relationships look like from each point of view. Each culture has a completely different approach and both approaches serve well within their original context, but don’t serve well in the other culture.” – Dan Ravenhorst, Heartline Accounting and Finance Manager
“It would have been great to have this book back when we first arrived in Haiti. It has fantastic insights into the depths of the Haitian/African culture and extremely useful takeaways. A must-read for anyone who is moving to Haiti or just wants to understand more about cultural interactions.” – Ryan Alberts, Heartline Web Services Manager
“As a momma, I’d love to suggest a book for younger readers! This middle grade novel written in beautiful verse, rhythmic Creole, and Haitian proverbs shares the story of an 11-year-old Haitian girl who dreams of becoming a doctor. It paints a vivid picture of her daily life, and all the amazing people who support her vision – before, during, and after the earthquake.” – Danielle May, Heartline Development Coordinator
“Schwartz’ book gave me a broader cultural awareness and understanding for the field I work in. As a midwife, it helped me see and understand cultural differences that I might not otherwise have been aware of. After reading and learning so much from Schwartz’ book, it helped me approach certain aspects of women’s healthcare and health education in a different, and hopefully more culturally relevant, way.” – Beth Johnson, Certified Professional Midwife – Heartline Maternity Center
“This is a truly eye-opening and informative book written by an anthropologist.” – Tara Livesay, Director and Certified Professional Midwife – Heartline Maternity Center
“This engaging biography takes the reader into the remarkable life of Dr. Paul Farmer, whose pioneering community-based work in health and human rights in Haiti and other low resource countries around the world has saved countless lives. What I will never forget is Farmer’s organizing life principle of having a ‘preferential option for the poor,’ which challenges us wherever we may live to advocate for the most powerless and marginalized among us.” – Troy Livesay, Director – Heartline Ministries
Thanks Betsy! I’m adding this one to my list of books I’d like to read this summer!
The Big Truck That Went By and Mountains beyond Mountains are 2 of my all time favorites! I will definitely read the others. Thank you!
My daughter brought home Serafina’s Promise from the school library and read it then told me to read it. I did. I cried. And it made me so proud that my 10 year old checked it out because she saw that it was about Haiti and she wanted to learn more about it. It is a beautifully told story.
So, so sweet Becky. Thank you for sharing! I love how your whole family shares a love for Haiti.
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