Reviews for Keepers of The Story
"Oh my heart, nominating Micah Springer for memoir laureate of the US! After eagerly awaiting my copy, I read this debut memoir in 1.5 days, and had to write a thank you to the author when I finished.
The book is powerful—like it was written to encompass all of us (that's how expansive it is). The writing is dreamy and poetic; the themes spiritual, yet practical. A book for anyone who's ever journeyed in this life. I can't believe this is her first publication! It has two parallel narratives: her yearlong backpacking trip in her 20s through Africa with her bestie, and the intimate relationship she has with her tribal, nomadic African lover (I'll tell you that much, but no spoilers!).
Memoirs are one of my favorite genres. The storytelling in Keepers of the Story shares the circle with Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Amanda Palmer. Her deep reverence for nature and tribal communities left me weeping at times.
For the film buffs, think: The Eagle Huntress + Wild + Lion, in Africa. Humor often lightens what can be heavy undertaking.
Bonus: it's 100% eco-printed." - Jessica D.
"Micah Springer is a born storyteller. This is no ordinary memoir, this story will affect you from the inside out. In the words - and indeed in the pauses - there's a benevolent alchemy going on. It will take you on this journey with her, this incredible adventure, from the lowest lows to the highest highs, which will ultimately break you open, as it did Micah. You will be touched by love itself.
Heart-break, or heart-open? To me they are one and the same, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Thank you, Micah Springer, for writing this incredible story, and for touching our hearts. We need it." - Amazon Customer
"What a magnificent book! Micah took me to West Africa on a backpackers journey in the late 1990's. Africa's rich culture and landscapes all come into play while love and destinylead us through the pages. Micah's writing is outstanding, so fresh & bold - she bares her heart and opens her most deepest wounds for all to see without holding back! This story will stay with me for a lifetime, it is that profound.The reader embarks on a journey of rethinking the most simplistic ways of living and is called to question societiesristricting rolls and requirements.
I highly recommend this book!
Did I mention it is printed on 100% recycled paper? With sustainable ink? Journey to Africa, fall in love and save the trees while you are at it, it doesn't get better than this." - Keren K.
"From the very first page of this book, I was engaged, enthralled and not wanting to do anything but continue reading this amazing and true story. Having always wanted to travel to such an exotic place as Africa, I was looking for a book that could transport me, at least on paper. What I experienced in reading this story was so much more! Courage, strength, resilience, and a willingness to see and then to honor another culture...these two brave young women held my attention captive! I don't remember reading a book that moved me so deeply. I found myself sometimes giggling, and sometimes with a heartache that had me sobbing, but always with a reverence for the story and the profound writing ability of the author. I loved this book and it will be forever among the most treasured in my library! I can't wait to share it with my book club!" - Amazon Customer
"I don't usually read memoirs but this book captured my attention in the first sentence. It is the best read of the year! Keepers of the Story is fun, exciting and full of wisdom. It gave a completely new and different perspective of travel through Africa. Traveling by foot, lorry, bus and air, the two 20 year old travelers in this book had more guts, brains and street smarts than most of the 50 year old people I know today. Now, 25 years later, the author tells a scintillating story filled with crocodiles, gorillas, love, sex and a nomadic tribe who still speak an unwritten language. This is one of those books that I am glad to have found and will be one of my gifts for the holiday season." - Paul B.
"Giddy 20-year-olds great adventure across Africa. Ancient/modern cultural collision. Passionate sex. Passionate personal introspection. Passionate loving. Passionate sorrow. Prayerful language. Enthrallment with and by the “noble savage”. Echoes of “Brave New World,” and “Things Fall Apart,” and “The Lost City of Z,” and "Lost Horizons." A beautiful read! Hope someone finds a screenplay in it." - Len B.
"Beautifully written, this is a true story of a young woman's life-changing year in Africa. You'll have trouble putting this book down." - Linda