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Broken places & outer spaces : finding creativity in the unexpected

Okorafor, Nnedi (author.). Golden, Shyama, (illustrator.).

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Twin Valley LINK Site 155.24 OKO (Text) 33500013087531 New Checked out 07/15/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781501195471
  • ISBN: 1501195476
  • Physical Description: 88 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2019]

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Formatted Contents Note: Beached -- Retrograde -- Bugs -- The portal -- White coats -- I made her from clay -- Twitch -- Rusting robot -- Dammit -- My singularity -- Machine -- The beach.
Summary, etc.: "Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed. A college track star and budding entomologist, Nnedi's lifelong battle with scoliosis was just a bump in her plan--something a simple operation would easily correct. But when Nnedi wakes from the surgery to find she can't move her legs, her entire sense of self begins to waver. Confined to a hospital bed for months, unusual things begin to happen. Psychedelic bugs crawl her hospital walls; strange dreams visit her nightly. Nnedi begins to put these experiences into writing, conjuring up strange, fantastical stories. What Nnedi discovers during her confinement would prove to be the key to her life as a successful science fiction author: In science fiction, when something breaks, something greater often emerges from the cracks. In Broken Places & Outer Spaces, Nnedi takes the reader on a journey from her hospital bed deep into her memories, from her painful first experiences with racism as a child in Chicago to her powerful visits to her parents' hometown in Nigeria. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Shelly, she examines great artists and writers who have pushed through their limitations, using hardship to fuel their work. Through these compelling stories and her own, Nnedi reveals a universal truth: What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths--far greater than when we were unbroken. A guidebook for anyone eager to understand how their limitations might actually be used as a creative springboard, Broken Places & Outer Spaces is an inspiring look at how to open up new windows in your mind."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    *Starred Review* Okorafor, a Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winner, is the author of richly imagined, African-rooted works of science fiction and fantasy––including the Binti trilogy, the Akata books, and titles in the Black Panther comic series, including Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever, starring female characters, namely the Dora Milaje and Shuri, and the forthcoming LaGuardia. In this galvanizing account, she shares the shock and horror of medically caused paralysis and her grueling, ultimately triumphant reclamation of the use of her legs. This harrowing and uplifting chronicle of the derailment of a young, brilliant, ambitious college student and athlete and the making of a trailblazing writer will awe and transport any reader, while Okorafor's many devotees will gain even deeper appreciation for the reach and fluidity of her artistry and the resonance of her sources of inspiration, from butterflies to her Nigerian heritage.Okorafor explains that she began writing about her "Breaking" in 1994, mere months after her ordeal. Years later, this chronicle is beautifully distilled and thoughtfully oriented toward the connection between pain and creativity. Okorafor recounts the threatening racism she and her family—her parents are both doctors from Nigeria—faced down in suburban Chicago. She embraces Mary Shelley and Frida Kahlo as kindred spirits. She considers how her experience with a spinal operation gone wrong eroded her faith in science; how the urge to write rushed in like a rising tide; and how her frustration with mainstream science fiction, so white and so male, paired with her fascination with how new technologies mesh with traditions in Nigeria, inspired the "Africanfuturism" that flourishes so resplendently in her books for all ages. This is riveting testimony to how storytelling can be a force for healing and inspiration, hope and change. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Okorafor, Nnedi
Resilience (Personality trait)
Life skills
Authors, American 21st century Biography
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