Few tales capture the spirit of the American Dream with the unabashed enthusiasm of Mawi Asgedom's inspiring memoir, Of Beetles and Angels. Mawi's fascinating story takes on a remarkable journey: from civil war in east Africa, through a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in an affluent American suburb, and eventually, to a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard University. At every step--whether learning a new language, overcoming racial discrimination or succeeding despite personal tragedy--Mawi forges ahead with unshakable optimism and devotion to his family. More than the retelling of an immigrant's struggle, Of Beetles and Angels demonstrates how the values that led to Mawi's success can uplift us all. It reminds us that no goal is beyond our reach and that we can all find greatness through our love for another.