My Maasai Life
Author: Robin Wiszowaty
Publisher: Me to We Books
Price: $22.95 (Paperback)

Growing up in Schaumburg, Ill., Robin Wiszowaty realized suburbia held little appeal for her. And the escape she hoped for by attending the University of Illinois never materialized: The tedium of that experience only fuelled her fervour for change. But after taking a Birthright trip to Israel, her world was altered forever. In her 20s, she left for rural Kenya, embedding herself in a Maasai community, living in a hut and performing chores like water hauling. In My Maasai Life, Wiszowaty recalls how embracing a new culture taught her about the world and helped her find herself.