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December 23, 2007

The Old Way: A Story of the First People By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

When Thomas was 19, her father, one of the founders of Raytheon, moved her family to Africa to live among the bushmen of the Kalahari. It's hard to imagine a teenager today who would not only give up the comforts of living in an industrialized nation like the United States but also utterly embrace and come to love a group of people who live without possessions or even permanent dwellings. Thomas sees the Kung San as noble people, and her voice imparts the respect - almost awe - she feels in their presence. Her narration is as intimate as if she were sharing with friends her intricate knowledge of the plants and animals of the Kalahari. She helps us see as these gentle people do and takes us with her through their endangered, fragile environment.

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