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Read the Book!

Holloway, Kris. Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2007.

  • Visit the library and borrow a copy (on reserve for short checkout at the circulation desk)
  • Purchase a copy (Available from the OCU Bookstore).


See the OCU Reads page for information on the Creative Competition.

Prepare for Discussion

Visit the author's web page.

Read reviews of the book linked under the "Articles" tab above.

Branch Out!

Check out the  the "Articles," "Books," and "Web" tabs above. They will provide links to suggested readings on topics related to Monique and the Mango Rains, including Mali, midwifery, study abroad, and the Peace Corps.

Additional Ideas?

Please send your ideas for additional resources to vswinney@okcu.edu

Read Reviews

EBSCOhost includes many reviews.

Find Articles on Related Subjects

The library has access to thousands of Articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers about themes included in Monique and the Mango Rains. Many of these are available directly from the computer. Others are available in the library or within a few weeks through “interlibrary loan”. The following subjects and databases are simply a sample of what is available.

The general EBSCOhost search box at the top of the library page is good for getting started with broad topics, for example, reproductive rights, midwifery, Peace Corps, or Mali.

Academic Search Complete is great for more targeted subject searching, for example, "Female Genital Mutilation" and (Mali or (West and Africa))

Project Muse provides access to academic articles in the humanities, including area studies. Try searches such as Mali, circumcision and Africa, or "Peace Corps"

JSTOR provides access to older academic journal articles in a wide variety of disciplines, especially the arts and sciences, music, business, and ecology.

For additional perspectives, explore subject related databases. This is a great way to explore and see perspectives based on your major or area of interest. Try the links below search or choose from a complete list of databases.

Find Books (and other monographs) on Related Subjects

For books, DVDs, videos, or government documents on related subjects, use the search box at the top of the page to search the library’s catalog or WorldCat (for items available within a few weeks through “interlibrary loan”).

Some Related Electronic Books

Electronic Books are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week directly from your computer. Here are some examples of themes included in Monique and the Mango Rains and some books from the library’s electronic collection that address them:

Lamiaux, Mathieu and Francois Rouzaud. World Bank Working Papers : Private Health Sector Assessment in Mali: The Post-Bamako Reality. Herndon, VA: World Bank Publications, 2011.

AIDS in Africa:
Briere, Rona. Preparing for the Future of HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Shared Responsibility. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2011.

Female Circumcision:
Rogo, Khama O., Tshiya Subayi, and Nahid Toubia. Female Genital Cutting, Women's Health and Development: The Role of the World Bank. Washington, D.C.: Africa Region Human Development Dept., World Bank, 2007.

Zabus, Chantal. Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies around Excision and Circumcision. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2008.

Edwards, Grace and Sheena Byrom. Essential Midwifery Practice: Public Health. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

Nutrition Programs:
Shekar, Meera , Richard Heaver and Yi-Kyoung Lee. Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development: A Strategy for Large Scale Action. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2005.

Peace Corps:
Crossing Cultures with the Peace Corps: Peace Corps Letters from the Field. Washington, DC: Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools, Peace Corps, 2007.

Steinberg, Shirley R. and Dennis L. Carlson. Volunteers of America. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012.

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