Shugri Salh was born in the Somalia desert and lived with her grandmother as a desert nomad herding goats before landing in an orphanage and the streets of Mogadishu during the Somali Civil War, and eventually making her way to North America. The Last Nomad, Coming of Age in the Somali Desert is her eye-opening memoir, and she joins Suzanne Lang in conversation.
Also featured is Hemu Aggarwal with her book The Forbidden Letters, a True Story. Hemu is an artist and graphic designer whose discovery of century old love letters written by her parents, set her on a mission to translate them into English from Gujarati. They represent an intimate look into the lives of two young people in an arranged marriage, very much in love but subject to customs and taboos challenged.
It's A Novel Idea, every first, third, and fifth Sundays at 10am on KRCB 104.9 FM, streaming at krcb.org.