Watch the Trailer and/or Buy the Book

I am so proud of the work that my son did on this book trailer. I got all the old photos, documents, and 8mm film together and wrote the script. He did all the rest!

So, here it is. The Official Book Trailer for So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village.

Click here to BUY my book! It’s for sale on my website. Or at Autumn House Press. Or on Amazon. 


Jill Kandel
  • Gianna
    Posted at 15:52h, 05 January Reply

    Staaaaahp. I don’t like crying.


    I’m deeply happily nervously excited to read this sassy child.

  • Linda Carlson
    Posted at 19:38h, 05 January Reply

    I love the trailer, Jill. It is fun to see the photos and footage!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 12:47h, 06 January Reply

      Thank you, Linda. It seems So Long Ago!

  • Colleen Ford-Dunker
    Posted at 11:16h, 06 January Reply

    beautifully done

    can’t wait to read the whole story

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 12:49h, 06 January Reply

      Thank you, Colleen. I’m proud of Joren’s work! And very happy to have you read my book. Thanks!

  • Craig Gjerde
    Posted at 19:06h, 15 February Reply

    Hi, Jill

    Just got your book and enjoyed some memories as I skipped around.
    I am a Minot kid who did Peace Corps in Malawi in ’64-66.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 12:36h, 16 February Reply

      Nice to hear from you, Craig. Our work was with the Dutch Volunteers and much like the Peace Corps. I’m curious how Malawi was in the late 60s. In the 80s it was a wonderful country to visit. Much more prosperous than Zambia at that time. How did you hear about my book? Just curious.
      Thanks for your note.

      • Craig Gjerde
        Posted at 14:50h, 16 February Reply

        I think I learned about your book and you through Priscilla Mowbray via FaceBook. She was perhaps a friend of my younger sister in Minot days. You may be MN friends or neighbors.
        My wife and I took a group of Med students for a Malawi month in 1999. When I first went to Malawi in 1964, it was newly refurbished as the Brits were leaving (Independence in 1964). New schools were built with lights; we were the teachers. The major roads were patched. I spent two years in Limbe–near Blantyre.
        By 1999 the lights were wires hanging from the ceilings, many desks were gone, population had tripled–despite AIDS, the chambo fish were eaten when they were small, there were more private schools and coffin factories. My ex-housemate Paul Theroux has written about the changes. The people, though, are still just as wonderful.
        I have a Dutch friend Antoinette Risseeuw who taught in the Homecraft program;. she is now Nettie Graulich and still runs a sewing project in Malawi when not in the US. Check her on FB and read her 2014 report; I think I read that you have Dutch connections. We are retired, love to visit London. have a daughter in Circle Pines, and I just finished a year as church president (Bethel Lutheran in Madison). I taught math at St Paul Central in the early 70’s. WOW! Enough for one email?

        • Jill Kandel
          Posted at 08:20h, 17 February Reply

          Hi Craig, Very interesting comments! I looked up Nettie and loved her project. I’ll have to connect with her. Thank you! I might have put together Malawi, Peace Corps, 60s and the name Paul Theroux. But I didn’t. I’ve read a lot of his work over the years. I liked his Dark Star Safari and learned a lot from his insights into the things that change and the things that seem to remain the same. Are you still in contact with him? I’d love to send him a copy of my book. My husband goes back to Africa every year to teach agriculture in one capacity or another. Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia. Coffee, sunflower, intercropping, maize. We get back to the Netherlands off and on. Lived in England for one year. Loved it! Again, thanks for your thoughts and connection points. Have you ever gone back to Malawi?

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