A Room of One's Own Memoir Book Club

June's Selection is Teranga: A Memoir of Belonging by Katie Allen, and we're so excited to have Katie at our meeting after spending the past few months in Spain on a writing retreat!

When her Hogwarts letter never comes, Katie reluctantly accepts that she's stuck in small town Michigan until graduation. She connects more with the characters in the books always tucked under her arm but finds it impossible to land in a crowd that makes sense to her in the real world.

Everything changes the day a woman comes to her French class and plants a seed in her mind about West Africa, making Katie wonder what else is possible besides fixating over prom, ACT scores, and the same life trajectory that everyone around her wants.

Following her instincts and curiosity, she goes to college and spends a semester studying in Senegal. This story follows her adventures, mishaps, and lessons learned over those five months, many of which involve bad dance moves, hiding toilet paper, and omelettes.

While there, Katie meets Anne-Marie, a Senegalese woman who agreed to a language exchange with her, but ultimately results in a friendship in which neither uses their first language. Discovering that they can understand each other beyond linguistic confines, Katie's previous ideas on what it means to belong, to be a friend, and to be yourself are challenged in ways she never expected.

Teranga offers a glimpse into the profound effects that come from stepping outside of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in another culture, and allowing your heart and mind to open and stretch beyond what you thought was possible, never able to shrink back to what it once was.


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Event date: 

Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

9 N. 6th Street
Redlands, CA 92373-5258
Teranga: A Memoir of Belonging By Katie Allen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9798704864813
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Independently Published - February 4th, 2021