Title: Tiger Heart: My Unexpected Adventures to Make a Difference in Darjeeling, and What I Learned about Fate, Fortitude, and Finding Family Half a World Away
Authors: Katrell Christie and Shannon McCaffrey
Publisher: HCI, inc.
Publish Date: October 6, 2015
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Katrell Christie was a
thirty-something artist turned roller-derby rebel who opened a tea shop
in Atlanta. Barely two years later, her life would make a drastic
change--and so would the lives of a group of girls half a world away.
on a whim, Katrell did go. She witnessed the throngs at the Ganges
River, toured the tea fields of Darjeeling, and helped string pearls in
conservative Hyderabad. But it was in a crowded Buddhist orphanage where
she crossed paths with some girls who would change the course of her
With her mind racing about
their grim futures, Katrell reached the simple conclusion that she
couldn't walk away. So instead she walked forward—on a mission to help
them in any small way. Once back at her shop, an idea for The Learning
Tea was born. By selling tea, cupcakes, scones, and other treats,
Katrell raised enough funds to provide life necessities for the
girls—safe housing, uniforms, medical care, tutoring, and ultimately, a
college education for each of them. To date, The Learning Tea has helped
eleven young girls who once faced the bleakest of futures."
My Two Cents:
"Tiger Heart" is the story of one woman who has a dream to help the women of India. She goes on a trip to India on a mere whim and discovers that there are a lot of women who need help. In many instances, India's women still are treated as lesser than men. They don't have many opportunities and Katrell is moved by their plight. This is the one story of a woman who just wants to help and ends up making a much greater mark on the world.
I am fascinated by India. I almost had a chance to visit last year but was about four months pregnant with my girls at the time and decided that then was not the time to visit. That being said, I eagerly visit India every chance that I get through my reading. The authors did a great job of bringing the country and all of its complexities to life for me. It was easy for me to feel what Katrell was going through and how difficult it was at first for her to figure out how to best help the women that so moved her.
I am also inspired by stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Katrell's "Learning Tea" program is one of those extraordinary things. It was so great to see how she sets up the program and how it begins to help some women in the book. If you are looking for a story that will inspire you, this is a great choice! This memoir moved me and definitely made me hopeful!
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