New Song in a Strange Land Author:Esther Warner (Dendel) Published in 1948. Illustrations by Jo Dendel. The book recounts life in 1940's Liberia from the perspective of this Western female. — I think this is from cover (I don't have cover but found quotes elsewhere): — "Where bread is raised with new palm wine, where the price of a blonde mermaid is $48.00, where a snake in the house keeps down rats, ... more »where one may barter for an age-old sacrificial bead on a knotted liana bridge - this is the strange land, on the west coast of Africa."
"And the new song is that fashioned by Esther Warner, a sculptress, who accompanied her husband to a rubber plantation in Liberia."
"The tribesmen's acceptance of her as an artists found perfect expression in the words of an old Bassau chief who gave her a stick of rare purple heartwood because we two know in the heart how the tool can talk to the wood."
"Their acceptance of her as a friend, as a source of wonder and amusement to all the natives who worked on the plantation, is implicit in every story she tells, and she is a superb raconteur."
"New Song in a Strange Land is an adventure of the spirit in an ancient country, an adventure that will live in the reader's memory at his own."« less