by Esther Burton
Paperback—5½ x 8¼
18 b&w photos
25 b&w illus.
Okay, you’ve never heard of Esther Burton. The title sounds boring. We know. But we guarantee you that this will be one of the most astonishing, funny, poignant and memorable books you have ever read—or we’ll give you your money back, remember? What have you got to lose?
Follow Esther (or Mama Guitar as she was known by the locals in Kenya) as she infiltrates the harem in a small village in Africa, gets down with the local girls, and then plays her mesmerizing flute to soothe the exhausted bride. Travel with Esther to an island off the coast of Kenya where she faces down a group of hostile mullahs and then joins in the joyous dancing to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Return to America in the 60s with Esther as she settles in New Orleans. There she works in a gallery of Haitian art and falls in love with the astonishing owner. Learn about Esther’s own religion, the Church of the Fifth Day Lentils… and… her deep-sea fishing escapade with a countess in a small open boat… and…her discovery of an Arizona ghost town…and… more, much more.
Born into an Italian family in Detroit, and featured in The Detroit News as a girl baseball player phenomenon, Esther married the head of the Ford Motor Company in Europe and lived in Belgium, Paris, and Alexandria, Egypt. After their divorce, she moved to Africa where she married a second time and ran a hotel and safari business. This is a book for the lover, the dancer, the artist, the musician, the baseball player, the writer, and the bohemian adventurer who lives inside you.