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Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping intertwining stories both of which center around Okonkwo a strong man of an Ibo village in Nigeria The first of these stories traces Okonkwo s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society br br The second story which is as modern as the first is ancient and which elevates the book to a tragic plane concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo s world through the arrival of aggressive proselytizing European missionaries These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature human history and the mysterious compulsions of the soul THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within


Out of Africa

i Out of Africa i is Isak Dinesen s memoir of her years in Africa from to on a four thousand acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself visited frequently by her lover the big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton for whom she would make up stories like Scheherazade In Africa I learned how to tell tales she recalled many years later The natives have an ear still I told stories constantly to them all kinds Her account of her African adventures written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark is that of a master storyteller a woman whom John Updike called one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century


Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

b The compelling inspiring and comically sublime story of one man s coming of age set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed b br br Trevor Noah s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of i The Daily Show i began with a criminal act his birth Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison Living proof of his parents indiscretion Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could at any moment steal him away Finally liberated by the end of South Africa s tyrannical white rule Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries long struggle br br i Born a Crime i is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist It is also the story of that young man s relationship with his fearless rebellious and fervently religious mother his teammate a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life br br The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious dramatic and deeply affecting Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or just trying to survive the life and death pitfalls of dating in high school Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother s unconventional unconditional love


Bill Bryson's African Diary

In the early fall of famed travel Writer Bill Bryson journeyed to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from television broadcasts of low budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of the film version of Out of Africa Also with some worries about tropical diseases insects and large predators But the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people took over the second he deplaned in Nairobi and this diary records Bill Bryson s impresssions of his trip with his inimitable trademark style of wry observation and curious insight From the wrenching poverty of the Kibera slum in Nairobi to the meticulously manicured grounds of the Karen Blixen house and the human fossil riches of the National Museum Bryson registers the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in transition He visits the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley undergoes the rigors of a teeth rattling train journey to Mombasa and a hair whitening flight through a vicious storm and visits the refugee camps and the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty dislocation and corruption


Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

strong A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history culture and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe strong br br Inspired by a traditional African folktale this is the story of Mufaro who is proud of his two beautiful daughters Nyasha is kind and considerate but everyone except Mufaro knows that Manyara is selfish and bad tempered br br When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him Mufaro brings both of his daughters but only one can be queen Who will the king choose br br Award winning artist John Steptoe s rich cultural imagery of Africa earned him the Coretta Scott King Award for em Mufaro s Beautiful Daughters em The book also went on to win the Boston Globe Horn Book Award This stunning story is a timeless treasure that readers will enjoy for generations br br br strong Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration strong br strong Caledcott Honor strong br strong Reading Rainbow Book strong br strong Boston Globe Horn Book strong


Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway s lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December Hemingway s well known interest in and fascination with big game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip It is an examination of the lure of the hunt and an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape and of the beauty of a wilderness that was even then being threatened by the incursions of man


The African Queen

b A classic story of adventure and romance the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart b br br i A fast moving tale and a very good yarn Mr Forester again and again proves himself a master of suspense i New York Times Book Review br br As World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer a dishevelled trader and an English spinster missionary find themselves thrown together by circumstance Fighting time heat malaria and bullets they make their escape on the rickety steamboat i The African Queen i and hatch their own outrageous military plan Originally published in i The African Queen i is a tale replete with vintage Forester drama unrelenting suspense reckless heroism impromptu military manoeuvres near death experiences and a good old fashioned love story to boot


Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass

Out of Africa tells the story of a farm that the narrator once had in Africa The farm is located at the foot of the Ngong hills outside of Nairobi in what is now Kenya It sits at an altitude of six thousand feet The farm grows coffee although only part of its six thousand acres is used for agriculture The remaining parts of the land are forest and space for the natives to live on


No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2)

Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be corruption Obi manages to resist the bribes offered to him but when he falls in love with an unsuitable girl he sinks further into emotional and financial turmoil


Arrow of God (The African Trilogy #3)

Set in the Igbo heartland of eastern Nigeria one of Africa s best known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect the personal struggle between father and son br br Ezeulu the headstrong chief priest of the god Ulu is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro But his authority is increasingly under threat from rivals within his tribe from functionaries of the colonial government and even from his own family members Yet he believes himself to be untouchable surely he is an arrow in the bow of his God Armed with this belief he is prepared to lead his people even if it is towards their own destruction But his people will not be dominated so easily br br Spare and powerful Arrow of God is an unforgettable portrayal of the loss of faith and the downfall of a man in a society forever altered by colonialism


HEART OF DARKNESS (AFRICAN ADVENTURE NOVEL)

Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Travelling up river to the heart of the African continent he gradually becomes obsessed by the enigmatic wraith like figure Marlow s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning not only of his own nature and values but those of Western civilization A haunting and hugely influential Modernist masterpiece i Heart of Darkness i explores the limits of human existence as well as the nightmarish realities of imperialism br br Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad s most famous works in Penguin Classics this volume contains Conrad s i Congo Diary i a chronology further reading notes a map of the Congo a glossary and an introduction discussing the author s experiences of Africa the narrative and symbolic complexities of i Heart of Darkness i and critical responses to the novel


How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

blockquote The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power Power is the ultimate determinant in human society being basic to the relations within any group and between groups It implies the ability to defend one s interests and if necessary to impose one s will by any means available In relations between peoples the question of power determines maneuverability in bargaining the extent to which a people survive as a physical and cultural entity When one society finds itself forced to relinquish power entirely to another society that in itself is a form of underdevelopment blockquote br Before a bomb ended his life in the summer of Walter Rodney had created a powerful legacy This pivotal work em How Europe Underdeveloped Africa em had already brought a new perspective to the question of underdevelopment in Africa his Marxist analysis went far beyond the heretofore accepted approach in the study of Third World underdevelopment em How Europe Underdeveloped Africa em is an excellent introductory study for the student who wishes to better understand the dynamics of Africa s contemporary relations with the West


Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa

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Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist br br Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the s the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent However its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher who was sent to cover Africa in Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley s original expedition but travelling alone br br Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo s eastern border He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule Almost harrowing miles later he reached the Atlantic Ocean a thinner and a wiser man br br Butcher s journey was a remarkable feat But the story of the Congo vividly told in Blood River is more remarkable still br br br i From the Hardcover edition i


The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

The fortunes of Africa have changed dramatically in the fifty years since the independence era began As Europe s colonial powers withdrew dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and to the world s applause African leaders stepped forward with energy and enthusiasm to tackle the problems of development and nation building boldly proclaiming their hopes of establishing new societies that might offer inspiration to the world at large The circumstances seemed auspicious Independence came in the midst of an economic boom On the world stage African states excited the attention of the world s rival power blocs in the Cold War era the position that each newly independent state adopted in its relations with the West or the East was viewed as a matter of crucial importance Africa was considered too valuable a prize to lose Today Africa is spoken of only in pessimistic terms The sum of its misfortunes its wars its despotisms its corruption its droughts is truly daunting No other area of the world arouses such a sense of foreboding Few states have managed to escape the downward spiral Botswana stands out as a unique example of an enduring multi party democracy South Africa after narrowly avoiding revolution has emerged in the post apartheid era as a well managed democratic state But most African countries are effectively bankrupt prone to civil strife subject to dictatorial rule weighted down by debt and heavily dependent on Western assistance for survival So what went wrong What happened to this vast continent so rich in resources culture and history to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations Focusing on the key personalities events and themes of the independence era Martin Meredith s narrative history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half century and faces still The Fate of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this and what if anything is to be done


Alexandria of Africa (Alexandria of Africa #1)

For Alexandria Hyatt having a fabulous life is easy she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it Being glamorous and rich is simply what she was born to be When Alexandria is arrested for shoplifting having to drag herself into court to face a judge just seems like a major inconvenience But Alexandria has been in trouble before and this time she can t find a way to scheme out of the consequences Before she knows it she s on a plane headed to Kenya where she has been ordered to work for an international charity br br Over miles away from home with no hot water no cell phone reception no friends or family Alexandria is confronted with a land as unfamiliar as it is unsettling Over the course of her month in Africa Alexandria will face a reality she could never have imagined and will have to look inside herself to see if she has what it takes to confront it


Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

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Africa: A Biography of the Continent

Awe inspiring a masterly synthesis br i The New York Times Book Review i br br Deeply penetrating intensely thought provoking and thoroughly informed one of the most important general surveys of Africa that has been produced in the last decade i The Washington Post i br br In paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes three pre human footprints striding away from a volcano were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago Out of Africa the world s most ancient and stable landmass Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world br br In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa s geology and evolution the majestic array of its landforms and environments the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs Written in simple elegant prose and illustrated with Reader s own photographs b Africa A Biography of the Continent b is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike br br Breathtaking in its scope and detail i San Francisco Chronicle i


A Good Man in Africa

In the small African republic of Kinjanja British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles heavily through his job His love of women his fondness for drink and his loathing for the country prove formidable obstacles on his road to any kind of success But when he becomes an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with monitoring the front runner in Kinjanja s national elections Morgan senses an opportunity to achieve real professional recognition and more importantly reassignment br br After he finds himself being blackmailed diagnosed with a venereal disease attempting bribery and confounded with a dead body Morgan realizes that very little is going according to plan


The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya As pioneering settlers they built a house of grass ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases and discovered the hard way the world of the African With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful For a young girl it was a time of adventure and freedom and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life


My Soul to Keep (African Immortals, #1)

When Jessica marries David he is everything she wants in a family man brilliant attentive ever youthful Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach Soon as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent mysterious deaths David makes an unimaginable confession More than years ago he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die a secret he must protect at any cost Now his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami Instead David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever Harrowing engrossing and skillfully rendered em My Soul to Keep em traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans


The African–American Devotional Bible (KJV)

From leaders of the Congress of National Black Churches edited by Gary L Knapp


28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

From one of our most widely read award winning journalists comes the powerful unputdownable story of the very human cost of a global pandemic of staggering scope and scale It is essential reading for our times br br In b b Stephanie Nolen the Globe and Mail s Africa Bureau Chief puts a human face to the crisis created by HIV AIDS in Africa She has achieved in this amazing book something extraordinary she writes with a power understanding and simplicity that makes us listen makes us understand and care Through riveting anecdotal stories one for each of the million people living with HIV AIDS in Africa Nolen explores the effects of an epidemic that well exceeds the Black Plague in magnitude It is a calamity that is unfolding just a flight away and one that will take the lives of these million without the help of massive immediate intervention on an unprecedented scale b b is a timely transformative thoroughly accessible book that shows us definitively why we continue to ignore the growth of HIV AIDS in Africa only at our peril and at an intolerable moral cost br br b b s stories are much more than a record of the suffering and loss in emblematic lives Here we meet women and men fighting vigorously on the frontlines of disease Tigist Haile Michael a smart shy year old Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa Alice Kadzanja an HIV positive nurse in Malawi where one in six adults has the virus and where the average adult s life expectancy is and Zackie Achmat the hero of South Africa s politically fragmented battle against HIV AIDS br br b b also tells us how the virus works spreads and ultimately kills It explains the connection of HIV AIDS to conflict famine and the collapse of states shows us how easily treatment works for those lucky enough to get it and details the struggles of those who fight to stay alive with little support It makes vivid the strong desperate people doing all they can and maintaining courage dignity and hope against insurmountable odds It is in its humanity beauty and sorrow a call to action for all who read it


An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #1)

b blockquote WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND i NEW YORK TIMES i BESTSELLER blockquote b b blockquote In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa blockquote b The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph of calamity and miscalculation In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in and That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history the moment when the United States began to act like a great power br br Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia Battle by battle an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield Eisenhower Patton Bradley Montgomery and Rommel br br Brilliantly researched rich with new material and vivid insights Atkinson s narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa


An African in Greenland

T t Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland and knew that he must go there Working his way north over nearly a decade Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all


Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

Daphne Sheldrick whose family arrived in Africa from Scotland in the s is the first person ever to have successfully hand reared newborn elephants Her deep empathy and understanding her years of observing Kenya s rich variety of wildlife and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants rhinos and other baby animals from certain death br br In this heartwarming and poignant memoir Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphans including her first love Bushy a liquid eyed antelope Rickey Tickey Tavey the little dwarf mongoose Gregory Peck the busy buffalo weaver bird Huppety the mischievous zebra and the majestic elephant Eleanor with whom Daphne has shared more than forty years of great friendship br br But this is also a magical and heartbreaking human love story between Daphne and David Sheldrick the famous Tsavo Park warden It was their deep and passionate love David s extraordinary insight into all aspects of nature and the tragedy of his early death that inspired Daphne s vast array of achievements most notably the founding of the world renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans Nursery in Nairobi National Park where Daphne continues to live and work to this day br br Encompassing not only David and Daphne s tireless campaign for an end to poaching and for conserving Kenya s wildlife but also their ability to engage with the human side of animals and their rearing of the orphans expressly so they can return to the wild i Love Life and Elephants i is alive with compassion and humor providing a rare insight into the life of one of the world s most remarkable women


Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

In the past fifty years more than trillion in development related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans No In fact across the continent the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it but worse much worse br br In i Dead Aid i Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth In fact poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined and millions continue to suffer Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid dependent and seen poverty increase Moyo illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency corruption market distortion and further poverty leaving them with nothing but the need for more aid Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world s poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty without reliance on foreign aid or aid related assistance br br i Dead Aid i is an unsettling yet optimistic work a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa And it is a clarion call to a new more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions


Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space

b Young Readers Edition b br br Now in a special new edition perfect for young listeners this is the amazing true story of four African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program Soon to be a major motion picture br br Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who lived through the Civil Rights era the Space Race the Cold War and the movement for gender equality and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country


I Dreamed of Africa: Tie In Edition

At the age of Kuki Gallmann moved to Kenya with her future husband where they established a vast ranch But Africa s beauty does t come without a price and when tragedy struck Kuki found herself pregnant and alone with her young son and acres of Africa to oversee pages of photos half in full color


Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping intertwining stories both of which center around Okonkwo a strong man of an Ibo village in Nigeria The first of these stories traces Okonkwo s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society br br The second story which is as modern as the first is ancient and which elevates the book to a tragic plane concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo s world through the arrival of aggressive proselytizing European missionaries These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature human history and the mysterious compulsions of the soul THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within


Out of Africa

i Out of Africa i is Isak Dinesen s memoir of her years in Africa from to on a four thousand acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself visited frequently by her lover the big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton for whom she would make up stories like Scheherazade In Africa I learned how to tell tales she recalled many years later The natives have an ear still I told stories constantly to them all kinds Her account of her African adventures written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark is that of a master storyteller a woman whom John Updike called one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century


Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

b The compelling inspiring and comically sublime story of one man s coming of age set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed b br br Trevor Noah s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of i The Daily Show i began with a criminal act his birth Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison Living proof of his parents indiscretion Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could at any moment steal him away Finally liberated by the end of South Africa s tyrannical white rule Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries long struggle br br i Born a Crime i is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist It is also the story of that young man s relationship with his fearless rebellious and fervently religious mother his teammate a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life br br The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious dramatic and deeply affecting Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or just trying to survive the life and death pitfalls of dating in high school Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother s unconventional unconditional love


Bill Bryson's African Diary

In the early fall of famed travel Writer Bill Bryson journeyed to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world He arrived with a set of mental images of Africa gleaned from television broadcasts of low budget Jungle Jim movies in his Iowa childhood and a single viewing of the film version of Out of Africa Also with some worries about tropical diseases insects and large predators But the vibrant reality of Kenya and its people took over the second he deplaned in Nairobi and this diary records Bill Bryson s impresssions of his trip with his inimitable trademark style of wry observation and curious insight From the wrenching poverty of the Kibera slum in Nairobi to the meticulously manicured grounds of the Karen Blixen house and the human fossil riches of the National Museum Bryson registers the striking contrasts of a postcolonial society in transition He visits the astoundingly vast Great Rift Valley undergoes the rigors of a teeth rattling train journey to Mombasa and a hair whitening flight through a vicious storm and visits the refugee camps and the agricultural and economic projects where dedicated CARE professionals wage noble and dogged war against poverty dislocation and corruption


Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

strong A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history culture and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe strong br br Inspired by a traditional African folktale this is the story of Mufaro who is proud of his two beautiful daughters Nyasha is kind and considerate but everyone except Mufaro knows that Manyara is selfish and bad tempered br br When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him Mufaro brings both of his daughters but only one can be queen Who will the king choose br br Award winning artist John Steptoe s rich cultural imagery of Africa earned him the Coretta Scott King Award for em Mufaro s Beautiful Daughters em The book also went on to win the Boston Globe Horn Book Award This stunning story is a timeless treasure that readers will enjoy for generations br br br strong Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration strong br strong Caledcott Honor strong br strong Reading Rainbow Book strong br strong Boston Globe Horn Book strong


Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway s lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December Hemingway s well known interest in and fascination with big game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip It is an examination of the lure of the hunt and an impassioned portrait of the glory of the African landscape and of the beauty of a wilderness that was even then being threatened by the incursions of man


The African Queen

b A classic story of adventure and romance the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart b br br i A fast moving tale and a very good yarn Mr Forester again and again proves himself a master of suspense i New York Times Book Review br br As World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer a dishevelled trader and an English spinster missionary find themselves thrown together by circumstance Fighting time heat malaria and bullets they make their escape on the rickety steamboat i The African Queen i and hatch their own outrageous military plan Originally published in i The African Queen i is a tale replete with vintage Forester drama unrelenting suspense reckless heroism impromptu military manoeuvres near death experiences and a good old fashioned love story to boot


Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass

Out of Africa tells the story of a farm that the narrator once had in Africa The farm is located at the foot of the Ngong hills outside of Nairobi in what is now Kenya It sits at an altitude of six thousand feet The farm grows coffee although only part of its six thousand acres is used for agriculture The remaining parts of the land are forest and space for the natives to live on


No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2)

Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be corruption Obi manages to resist the bribes offered to him but when he falls in love with an unsuitable girl he sinks further into emotional and financial turmoil


Arrow of God (The African Trilogy #3)

Set in the Igbo heartland of eastern Nigeria one of Africa s best known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect the personal struggle between father and son br br Ezeulu the headstrong chief priest of the god Ulu is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro But his authority is increasingly under threat from rivals within his tribe from functionaries of the colonial government and even from his own family members Yet he believes himself to be untouchable surely he is an arrow in the bow of his God Armed with this belief he is prepared to lead his people even if it is towards their own destruction But his people will not be dominated so easily br br Spare and powerful Arrow of God is an unforgettable portrayal of the loss of faith and the downfall of a man in a society forever altered by colonialism


HEART OF DARKNESS (AFRICAN ADVENTURE NOVEL)

Marlow a seaman and wanderer recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz Travelling up river to the heart of the African continent he gradually becomes obsessed by the enigmatic wraith like figure Marlow s discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning not only of his own nature and values but those of Western civilization A haunting and hugely influential Modernist masterpiece i Heart of Darkness i explores the limits of human existence as well as the nightmarish realities of imperialism br br Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad s most famous works in Penguin Classics this volume contains Conrad s i Congo Diary i a chronology further reading notes a map of the Congo a glossary and an introduction discussing the author s experiences of Africa the narrative and symbolic complexities of i Heart of Darkness i and critical responses to the novel


How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

blockquote The decisiveness of the short period of colonialism and its negative consequences for Africa spring mainly from the fact that Africa lost power Power is the ultimate determinant in human society being basic to the relations within any group and between groups It implies the ability to defend one s interests and if necessary to impose one s will by any means available In relations between peoples the question of power determines maneuverability in bargaining the extent to which a people survive as a physical and cultural entity When one society finds itself forced to relinquish power entirely to another society that in itself is a form of underdevelopment blockquote br Before a bomb ended his life in the summer of Walter Rodney had created a powerful legacy This pivotal work em How Europe Underdeveloped Africa em had already brought a new perspective to the question of underdevelopment in Africa his Marxist analysis went far beyond the heretofore accepted approach in the study of Third World underdevelopment em How Europe Underdeveloped Africa em is an excellent introductory study for the student who wishes to better understand the dynamics of Africa s contemporary relations with the West


Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa

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Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist br br Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the s the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent However its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher who was sent to cover Africa in Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley s original expedition but travelling alone br br Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo s eastern border He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule Almost harrowing miles later he reached the Atlantic Ocean a thinner and a wiser man br br Butcher s journey was a remarkable feat But the story of the Congo vividly told in Blood River is more remarkable still br br br i From the Hardcover edition i


The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

The fortunes of Africa have changed dramatically in the fifty years since the independence era began As Europe s colonial powers withdrew dozens of new states were launched amid much jubilation and to the world s applause African leaders stepped forward with energy and enthusiasm to tackle the problems of development and nation building boldly proclaiming their hopes of establishing new societies that might offer inspiration to the world at large The circumstances seemed auspicious Independence came in the midst of an economic boom On the world stage African states excited the attention of the world s rival power blocs in the Cold War era the position that each newly independent state adopted in its relations with the West or the East was viewed as a matter of crucial importance Africa was considered too valuable a prize to lose Today Africa is spoken of only in pessimistic terms The sum of its misfortunes its wars its despotisms its corruption its droughts is truly daunting No other area of the world arouses such a sense of foreboding Few states have managed to escape the downward spiral Botswana stands out as a unique example of an enduring multi party democracy South Africa after narrowly avoiding revolution has emerged in the post apartheid era as a well managed democratic state But most African countries are effectively bankrupt prone to civil strife subject to dictatorial rule weighted down by debt and heavily dependent on Western assistance for survival So what went wrong What happened to this vast continent so rich in resources culture and history to bring it so close to destitution and despair in the space of two generations Focusing on the key personalities events and themes of the independence era Martin Meredith s narrative history seeks to explore and explain the myriad problems that Africa has faced in the past half century and faces still The Fate of Africa is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how it came to this and what if anything is to be done


Alexandria of Africa (Alexandria of Africa #1)

For Alexandria Hyatt having a fabulous life is easy she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it Being glamorous and rich is simply what she was born to be When Alexandria is arrested for shoplifting having to drag herself into court to face a judge just seems like a major inconvenience But Alexandria has been in trouble before and this time she can t find a way to scheme out of the consequences Before she knows it she s on a plane headed to Kenya where she has been ordered to work for an international charity br br Over miles away from home with no hot water no cell phone reception no friends or family Alexandria is confronted with a land as unfamiliar as it is unsettling Over the course of her month in Africa Alexandria will face a reality she could never have imagined and will have to look inside herself to see if she has what it takes to confront it


Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

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Africa: A Biography of the Continent

Awe inspiring a masterly synthesis br i The New York Times Book Review i br br Deeply penetrating intensely thought provoking and thoroughly informed one of the most important general surveys of Africa that has been produced in the last decade i The Washington Post i br br In paleontologists in East Africa discovered the earliest evidence of our divergence from the apes three pre human footprints striding away from a volcano were preserved in the petrified surface of a mudpan over three million years ago Out of Africa the world s most ancient and stable landmass Homo sapiens dispersed across the globe And yet the continent that gave birth to human history has long been woefully misunderstood and mistreated by the rest of the world br br In a book as splendid in its wealth of information as it is breathtaking in scope British writer and photojournalist John Reader brings to light Africa s geology and evolution the majestic array of its landforms and environments the rich diversity of its peoples and their ways of life the devastating legacies of slavery and colonialism as well as recent political troubles and triumphs Written in simple elegant prose and illustrated with Reader s own photographs b Africa A Biography of the Continent b is an unforgettable book that will delight the general reader and expert alike br br Breathtaking in its scope and detail i San Francisco Chronicle i


A Good Man in Africa

In the small African republic of Kinjanja British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles heavily through his job His love of women his fondness for drink and his loathing for the country prove formidable obstacles on his road to any kind of success But when he becomes an operative in Operation Kingpin and is charged with monitoring the front runner in Kinjanja s national elections Morgan senses an opportunity to achieve real professional recognition and more importantly reassignment br br After he finds himself being blackmailed diagnosed with a venereal disease attempting bribery and confounded with a dead body Morgan realizes that very little is going according to plan


The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya As pioneering settlers they built a house of grass ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases and discovered the hard way the world of the African With an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor Huxley recalls her childhood on the small farm at a time when Europeans waged their fortunes on a land that was as harsh as it was beautiful For a young girl it was a time of adventure and freedom and Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Masai and Kikuyu people discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle and enduring the rugged realities of the pioneer life


My Soul to Keep (African Immortals, #1)

When Jessica marries David he is everything she wants in a family man brilliant attentive ever youthful Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach Soon as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent mysterious deaths David makes an unimaginable confession More than years ago he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die a secret he must protect at any cost Now his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami Instead David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever Harrowing engrossing and skillfully rendered em My Soul to Keep em traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans


The African–American Devotional Bible (KJV)

From leaders of the Congress of National Black Churches edited by Gary L Knapp


28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

From one of our most widely read award winning journalists comes the powerful unputdownable story of the very human cost of a global pandemic of staggering scope and scale It is essential reading for our times br br In b b Stephanie Nolen the Globe and Mail s Africa Bureau Chief puts a human face to the crisis created by HIV AIDS in Africa She has achieved in this amazing book something extraordinary she writes with a power understanding and simplicity that makes us listen makes us understand and care Through riveting anecdotal stories one for each of the million people living with HIV AIDS in Africa Nolen explores the effects of an epidemic that well exceeds the Black Plague in magnitude It is a calamity that is unfolding just a flight away and one that will take the lives of these million without the help of massive immediate intervention on an unprecedented scale b b is a timely transformative thoroughly accessible book that shows us definitively why we continue to ignore the growth of HIV AIDS in Africa only at our peril and at an intolerable moral cost br br b b s stories are much more than a record of the suffering and loss in emblematic lives Here we meet women and men fighting vigorously on the frontlines of disease Tigist Haile Michael a smart shy year old Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa Alice Kadzanja an HIV positive nurse in Malawi where one in six adults has the virus and where the average adult s life expectancy is and Zackie Achmat the hero of South Africa s politically fragmented battle against HIV AIDS br br b b also tells us how the virus works spreads and ultimately kills It explains the connection of HIV AIDS to conflict famine and the collapse of states shows us how easily treatment works for those lucky enough to get it and details the struggles of those who fight to stay alive with little support It makes vivid the strong desperate people doing all they can and maintaining courage dignity and hope against insurmountable odds It is in its humanity beauty and sorrow a call to action for all who read it


An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #1)

b blockquote WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND i NEW YORK TIMES i BESTSELLER blockquote b b blockquote In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa blockquote b The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph of calamity and miscalculation In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in and That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history the moment when the United States began to act like a great power br br Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia Battle by battle an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield Eisenhower Patton Bradley Montgomery and Rommel br br Brilliantly researched rich with new material and vivid insights Atkinson s narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa


An African in Greenland

T t Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland and knew that he must go there Working his way north over nearly a decade Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all


Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

Daphne Sheldrick whose family arrived in Africa from Scotland in the s is the first person ever to have successfully hand reared newborn elephants Her deep empathy and understanding her years of observing Kenya s rich variety of wildlife and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants rhinos and other baby animals from certain death br br In this heartwarming and poignant memoir Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphans including her first love Bushy a liquid eyed antelope Rickey Tickey Tavey the little dwarf mongoose Gregory Peck the busy buffalo weaver bird Huppety the mischievous zebra and the majestic elephant Eleanor with whom Daphne has shared more than forty years of great friendship br br But this is also a magical and heartbreaking human love story between Daphne and David Sheldrick the famous Tsavo Park warden It was their deep and passionate love David s extraordinary insight into all aspects of nature and the tragedy of his early death that inspired Daphne s vast array of achievements most notably the founding of the world renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans Nursery in Nairobi National Park where Daphne continues to live and work to this day br br Encompassing not only David and Daphne s tireless campaign for an end to poaching and for conserving Kenya s wildlife but also their ability to engage with the human side of animals and their rearing of the orphans expressly so they can return to the wild i Love Life and Elephants i is alive with compassion and humor providing a rare insight into the life of one of the world s most remarkable women


Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

In the past fifty years more than trillion in development related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans No In fact across the continent the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it but worse much worse br br In i Dead Aid i Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth In fact poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined and millions continue to suffer Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid dependent and seen poverty increase Moyo illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency corruption market distortion and further poverty leaving them with nothing but the need for more aid Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world s poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty without reliance on foreign aid or aid related assistance br br i Dead Aid i is an unsettling yet optimistic work a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa And it is a clarion call to a new more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions


Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space

b Young Readers Edition b br br Now in a special new edition perfect for young listeners this is the amazing true story of four African American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program Soon to be a major motion picture br br Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space This audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who lived through the Civil Rights era the Space Race the Cold War and the movement for gender equality and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country


I Dreamed of Africa: Tie In Edition

At the age of Kuki Gallmann moved to Kenya with her future husband where they established a vast ranch But Africa s beauty does t come without a price and when tragedy struck Kuki found herself pregnant and alone with her young son and acres of Africa to oversee pages of photos half in full color