A Gazelle Ate My Homework: A Journey from Ivory Coast to America, from African to Black, and from Undocumented to Doctor (with side trips into several religions and assorted misadventures)
Habib Fanny, with a foreword by Ali A. Rizvi
Publication Date: April 10, 2020
Formats: Trade paperback, Kindle, ePub and PDF
ISBN: 978-1-944934-94-1 (paperback); 978-1-944934-95-8 (ePub); 978-1-944934-96-5 (Kindle); 978-1-944934-97-2 (PDF)
Sick of living in the shadows of corrupt post-colonial Ivory Coast, intrepid gazelle hunter Habib Fanny schemes to see the opulence of America for himself, with naught but rudimentary raft-making skills and his trusty spear to aid him. Well…that’s one version of the story.
In truth, Habib crosses continents, endures poverty, and navigates the complicated systems of higher education. His journey to become an American is beset not by lions and man-eating sharks, but rather by persistent internal questions, which he attacks with the same rigor he brings to his medical schooling. What does it mean to be a Muslim, a Christian, an agnostic or, maybe, an atheist? What does it mean to be African in America? And how on earth do you deal with the dating scene?
As he navigates the shifting waters of cultural identity, he’s forced to confront his own prejudices—about religion, about other marginalized communities, and ultimately about himself. Along the way, he learns what to do when you fall into a well, why you can’t carry a sword on campus, and how to treat a patient who thinks you’re the cleaning staff.
Habib Fanny—that’s Doctor Habib Fanny, M.D., actually—doesn’t find gold-paved streets in America, but with humor and curiosity, he finds a path all his own.
“Habib Fanny’s observations are thoughtful, witty, and inciteful without being cruel, which makes him a unicorn in the area of social commentary.”
—Mercedes R. Lackey, author of the Heralds of Valdemar series
“With humility and humor, Habib takes us on his personal adventure in this engaging and clever memoir. A Gazelle Ate My Homework is a captivating look into what it means to be an immigrant, an apostate, and finally, an American.”
—David Consiglio, Jr., author of Spoiler Alert: Everyone Dies™, educator, and advocate
“Read Habib’s book for the humor, but mostly for the wisdom. Read it because reading his writing is fun, but mostly because it’s insightful. Read this book because it will change the way you see the world, but mostly because it will change you.”
—Dushka Zapata, author of How To Be Ferociously Happy
Habib Fanny is a physician who grew up in post-colonial Ivory Coast before moving to the US. He co-authored the book Let’s Talk Politics: How Different Sides Approach the Same Issues, and has a large following on the online platform Quora. He now lives in Memphis, Tennessee.