An intense search for her father brings other truths and challenges into Maria Nhambu’s life as she discovers the complex details of her origins.
In Drum Beats, Heart Beats we learn how life continues challenging the one-time orphan: the family she worked so hard for suffers harsh blows; her Florida home is affected by a hurricane; she says good-bye to her large African art collection, lovingly gathered over decades; and her very life is threatened several times. Yet with her orphanage-bred resilience and the help of Fat May, her inner counselor, Nhambu builds on her strengths and overcomes these difficulties.
Africa’s rich cultures and history, stunning natural beauty, and welcoming people continue to support and nourish her. In Drum Beats, Heart Beats the author takes us on a safari of her beloved country and we see its wonders through her eyes and her heart.
The first book of the trilogy, Africa’s Child, was released in 2016. America’s Daughter was published in 2017. The final book of her memoir series, Drum Beats, Heart Beats, was released in 2018.
Africa’s Child is now available in audiobook.
“To hear Maria’s truth in every chapter of her life has inspired thousands of us to face discouragement, danger, loneliness, illness and hardship…with joy and love!”
—Ruth Stricker Dayton, Founder, Owner and Executive Director of
The Marsh – A Center for Balance and Fitness
“As Maria Nhambu does in her first two books, Africa’s Child and America’s Daughter, she continues to share her life’s journey with honesty and great courage! In Drum Beats, Hearts Beats, the last volume, she writes straight from the heart, telling the good, the bad, and the ugly in her life. Through it all she kept the faith!”
—Carletta Smith, MSW, Retired, Minneapolis Public Schools
“Drum Beats, Heart Beats will forever enhance your view of faith, hope, love and the resiliency of the human spirit. Nhambu is an engaging storyteller who gives meaningful perspective on identity, family, race, culture and the search for love and purpose. Nhambu freely shares her incredible life experiences regarding these timeless issues and compels your soul to feel them. Drum Beats, Heart Beats will awaken your perception of our common humanity and teach you something about yourself.”
—Rachel Soffer, Attorney, Certified Instructor, Aerobics With Soul®
“Drum Beats, Heart Beats completes a remarkable autobiography that is much more than one person’s story. The reader will gain insights into some of the cultural norms that surround us and into the evolution of our own closest relationships.” —Walter Graff, LL.B.