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What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307385901
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Vintage Books USA - October 9th, 2007

The best conversation I ever had with a stranger on the bus was about this book. It's based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the thousands of Lost Boys who escaped the Sudanese civil war. Upon arriving in the United States, Valentino faces a whole new set of problems as he tries his best to acclimate to a not always friendly new home. Originally released in 2006, it feels like a novel especially apt for our current times.