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King Peggy

An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed An African Village
Bartels, Peggielene (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Documents the story of how an American secretary was declared the monarch of a small fishing village on Ghana's central coast, recounting the challenges she faced in improving local circumstances and countering regional corruption.
Authors: Bartels, Peggielene, 1953-
Title: King Peggy
an American secretary, her royal destiny, and the inspiring story of how she changed an African village
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 333 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill (some col.), map ;,25 cm.
Contents: Prologue
Washington, D.C., August-September 2008
Ghana, September 2008
Washington, D.C., November 2008-September 2009
Ghana, September-November 2009
Washington, D.C., November 2009-September 2010
Ghana, September-October 2010.
Summary: Documents the story of how an American secretary was declared the monarch of a small fishing village on Ghana's central coast, recounting the challenges she faced in improving local circumstances and countering regional corruption.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 35 53 65 68 118 122 138 148 151 152 167 182 203 210 211 216 226 237 242 243 244 250 264
Additional Contributors: Herman, Eleanor 1960-
ISBN: 0385534329
9780385534321
Statement of Responsibility: Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
Subject Headings: Secretaries Washington (D.C.) Biography. Ghana Social life and customs 21st century. Americans Ghana Biography. Ghana Kings and rulers Biography. Bartels, Peggielene, 1953- Travel Ghana Otuam.
Topical Term: Secretaries
Americans
LCCN: 2011019544
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Who says fairytales don’t come true? I can’t imagine being a secretary one day and a king the next. What a wonderful story of determination, strength, and sheer female willpower. I wish King Peggy would write a sequel (or at least a blog), telling how far she’s come in her journey and what further adventures she’s been having. Although she does appear to have a Facebook page…

Mar 17, 2013
  • Raynpetal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Peggy who has lived in D.C. for most of her life finds herself being crowned King of a small village in Ghana Africa. She must deal with elders of her council and their traditional ways in addition to allegations of theft and bribery.
I find myself identifying a couple underlying themes here including female leaders who must deal with many things while they lead in nontraditional roles.

Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An interesting story about a woman who was thrust into power because corrupt elders thought they could trod all over her (a woman who lived far away). But this woman is strong and has a great moral compass and sense of justice. King Peggy is a nice, moving story about how people can make a difference.

Dec 03, 2012
  • Booktraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a fun read! This book is based on the true life story of a secretary working in the Ghana embassy in Washington DC who gets the unbelievable call that her uncle has died and she has been selected to become the new king of a small village in Ghana. This feisty lady goes on to accept the challenge and does everything in her power to improve conditions in her village. The colorful culture, customs and characters in this story really came to life in the book. Additional information about King Peggy and her efforts in Otuam can be found on a website referenced in the book or King Peggy’s facebook page.

Nov 29, 2012
  • Eleusis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story shows how we can make a difference, if we are courageous enough to face the unexpected challenges that life puts in front of us. In the mean time, we learn about Ghanaian traditions and a way of life that only few know.

Aug 26, 2012
  • ganymede__ rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not sure quite where this fell short -- the story has an interesting premise, and the book did follow her back and forth from Washington DC to Ghana, eventually showing how the village transformed in the end.

I think it's that you don't really get to understand Peggy as much as you'd like in the book. You get to know the other folks in the village far better than herself.

Either way, it was and still is an interesting premise. It is good to hear that she is still helping her village.

Mar 25, 2012
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a true story of a woman named Peggy who gets an unexpected phone call to inform her that she has been elected King of her ancestral village in Ghana. This is a great uplifting story of what she accomplished when she rose to the challenge. I really liked this.

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