About The Author

Julie Dreyer Wang began her writing career as a journalist at the Montreal Gazette. She then moved to New York City, founded and ran Wang Associates Health Communications and became an adjunct professor of writing at New York University. She also attended the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Following the sales of her business she moved to Maine, trained as a landscape designer and designed gardens on the Blue Hill Peninsula as the owner of Blue Poppy Garden.

Joining the Peace Corps at age 65 led her to work in Benin, West Africa, where she currently helps operate an organic farm with her African partner Guillaume.

Together they run Bio-Benin, a non-profit that trains students in organic farming, restaurant cooking and beer brewing. All profits from the sales of Africa Opened My Heart will go towards the work of Bio-Benin.

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About The Book




This is a love story. Heading to Uganda to reinvent herself after her husband's death, the author sought a new sense of purpose. There, she worked with AIDS orphans and found Ugandans open-hearted and welcoming. Subsequently, in Benin, West Africa, while serving with the Peace Corps, she found herself falling in love with one special man and wanting to share what she had with him. A memoir and travelogue, Africa Opened My Heart provides a thought-provoking look at the challenges of building a more equal world and the joys of finding new love late in life.

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All sales from Africa Opened my Heart will go towards the work of Bio-Benin.

In 2011, a feisty white British/American woman in her sixties sets out for Africa to reinvent herself after the death of her husband.

Twelve years later, she is still living there with her African partner.

Africa Opened My Heart vividly portrays life in Benin, West Africa, showing readers a more nuanced and accurate view of Africans and the reality of their daily lives.

Not everyone is starving and living in poverty; a growing middle class is starting to make its voice heard; violence is less widespread than in the United States...we have much to learn from these gentle and welcoming people.

At a time when many Americans are newly awakened to persistent racism and searching for solutions to heal our society, Africa Opened My Heart provides a unique viewpoint, encouraging readers to question their own white privilege. This memoir raises important issues about racism, the efficacy of foreign aid and how we can learn to live together in harmony.

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