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Home and Exile

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72133-2 (0-385-72133-1)

More personally revealing than anything Achebe has written, Home and Exile–the great Nigerian novelist’s first book in more than ten years–is a major statement on the importance of stories as real sources of power, especially for those whose stories have traditionally been told by outsiders.

In three elegant essays, Achebe seeks to... Read more >

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The Innocents
A Novel
Written by Tatamkhulu Afrika


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 2, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-722-0 (1-58322-722-9)

Inspired by the author’s years as an activist in Apartheid-era Cape Town, The Innocents is a gripping account of how, in the myriad political battles of our recent past, an even greater number of private wars were lost or won.

Yusuf and three of his friends attempt to prove themselves worthy of... Read more >

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All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73404-8 (0-679-73404-X)

In 1962 the poet, musician, and performer Maya Angelou claimed another piece of her identity by moving to Ghana, joining a community of “Revolutionist Returnees” inspired by the promise of pan-Africanism. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes is her lyrical and acutely perceptive exploration of what it means to be an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pirates of Somalia
Inside Their Hidden World
Written by Jay Bahadur


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47656-2 (0-307-47656-1)

The first close-up look at the hidden world of Somali pirates by a young journalist who dared to make his way into their remote havens and spent a year infiltrating their lives.

For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent ragtag bands of pirates off the coast... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Beyond the Silence and the Shame
Written by Anne Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5513-7 (0-8070-5513-1)

“It’s an awful story. It’s an awful story. Why do you want to bring this up now?”--Chief Awusa of Atorkor

For centuries, the story of the Atlantic slave trade has been filtered through the eyes and records of white Europeans. In this watershed book, historian Anne C. Bailey focuses on memories of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Aman
The Story of a Somali Girl
As told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76209-6 (0-679-76209-4)

This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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King Peggy
An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Written by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74281-0 (0-307-74281-4)

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.

King Peggy
chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central... Read more >

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King Peggy
An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
Written by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53432-1 (0-385-53432-9)

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the hopeful sense of possibility of Half the... Read more >

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Slavery By Another Name
The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Written by Douglas A. Blackmon


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72270-4 (0-385-72270-2)

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon... Read more >

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Unconfessed

Written by Yvette Christianse


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 17, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-281-4 (1-59051-281-2)

Pen/Hemingway Award Finalist

Slavery as it existed in Africa has seldom been portrayed–and never with such texture, detail, and authentic emotion. Inspired by actual 19th-century court records, Unconfessed is a breathtaking literary tour de force. They called her Sila van den Kaap, slave woman of Jacobus Stephanus Van der Wat of Plettenberg... Read more >

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The Routes of Man
Travels in the Paved World
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7702-1 (1-4000-7702-8)

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God Grew Tired of Us
A Memoir
Written by John Bul Dau and Michael S. Sweeney


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 22, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0212-4 (1-4262-0212-1)

This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracle—indeed, a whole series of miracles. A tale of suffering, tragedy, and sorrow redeemed by indomitable resolve and a stubborn refusal to despair, it's set in a Sudan shadowed by unrelenting war and ruthless violence, yet illuminated by faith, generosity, and steadfast... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Written by David Brion Davis


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26909-6 (0-307-26909-4)

From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly fifty years in the making.

David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Twist of Faith
An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa
Written by John Donnelly


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0132-5 (0-8070-0132-5)

American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Twist of Faith
An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa
Written by John Donnelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0116-5 (0-8070-0116-3)

American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Into Africa
The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
Written by Martin Dugard


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1074-3 (0-7679-1074-5)

With the utterance of a single line—“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. Into Africa is... Read more >

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Mandela, Mobutu, and Me
A Newswoman's African Journey
Written by Lynne Duke


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 21, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50398-3 (0-385-50398-9)

Finalist in the non-fiction category of the 3rd Annual Hurston Wright Legacy Awards.

In this stunning memoir, veteran Washington Post correspondent Lynne Duke takes readers on a wrenching but riveting journey through Africa during the pivotal 1990s and brilliantly illuminates a continent where hope and humanity thrive amid unimaginable depredation and horrors.

For... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hope for Africa
Voices from Around the World
Edited by June Eding


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: June 28, 2011
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-57826-308-0 (1-57826-308-5)

Organizations involved in the myriad causes related to Africa were asked a seemingly simple question: “Why save Africa?” The result is a collection of compelling perspectives from around the world.

Why Save Africa? is made up of short essays from large, internationally recognized non-profits; small grassroots charities; and everything in between... Read more >

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Black Gold of the Sun
Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond
Written by Ekow Eshun


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27578-3 (0-307-27578-7)

At the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun—born in London to African-born parents—travels to Ghana in search of his roots. He goes from Accra, Ghana’s cosmopolitan capital city, to the storied slave forts of Elmina, and on to the historic warrior kingdom of Asante. During his journey, Eshun uncovers a long-held secret... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Running with the Kenyans
Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
Written by Adharanand Finn


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52880-3 (0-345-52880-8)

Whether running is your recreation or your religion, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you, as he ventures to uncover the secrets of the fastest people on earth. Finn’s mesmerizing quest combines a fresh look at barefoot running, practical advice on the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Obamas
The Untold Story of an African Family
Written by Peter Firstbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59141-8 (0-307-59141-7)

"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President’s heritage."
--David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com

On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in the twilight at K’obama, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Barack Obama’s rise to the American presidency had... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure
The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika
Written by Giles Foden


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7526-3 (1-4000-7526-2)

The Whitbread Award-winning author of The Last King of Scotland brings his extensive knowledge of Africa to his first work of nonfiction: the incredible true story that inspired the classic film The African Queen.

When the First World War breaks out, the British navy is committed to engaging the enemy wherever there... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Continent for the Taking
The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
Written by Howard W. French


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3027-9 (1-4000-3027-7)

In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa’s most devastating recent history–from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor’s arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
An African Childhood
Written by Alexandra Fuller


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75899-7 (0-375-75899-2)

When the ship veered into the Cape of Good Hope, Mum caught the spicy, heady scent of Africa on the changing wind. She smelled the people: raw onions and salt, the smell of people who are not afraid to eat meat, and who smoke fish over open fires on the beach... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wonders of the African World

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70948-7 (0-375-70948-7)

The Companion Volume to the PBS Television Series

Wonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.

Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve... Read more >
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