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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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Sixty Feet, Six Inches
A Hall of Fame Pitcher & a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk About How the Game Is Played
Written by Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson and Lonnie Wheeler

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3110-6 (0-7679-3110-6)

Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson offer a candid and unfiltered look at America's pastime, discussing the art of pitching, the art of hitting, and all things baseball.

Full of brush-backs, walk-off homeruns, high stakes, cold stares, epic battles, and a little chin music here and there, Sixty Feet, Six Inches is a... Read more >

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Citizens of Nowhere
From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus
Written by Debi Goodwin

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-66723-4 (0-385-66723-X)

An inspiring story of courage, adaptation and determinaton — a year in the life of 11 refugee students entering universities across Canada.

"Most journalists have stories they never forget. This is mine."

When Debi Goodwin travelled to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in 2007 to shoot a documentary on young Somali refugees soon coming... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shackled Continent
Power, Corruption, and African Lives
Written by Robert Guest

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-297-3 (1-58834-297-2)

Why is Africa so poor? Why are so many of its nations at war? Why is AIDS devastating Africa like nowhere else? And why do African entrepreneurs find it so hard to borrow money? In this provocative and thoughtful book, Robert Guest argues that the continent remains poor primarily because it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gandhi Before India

Written by Ramachandra Guha

Format: Hardcover, 688 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 15, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53229-7 (0-385-53229-6)

Here is the first volume of a magisterial biography of Mohandas Gandhi that gives us the most illuminating portrait we have had of the life, the work and the historical context of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in modern history.
Ramachandra Guha—hailed by Time as “Indian democracy’s preeminent chronicler”—takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reflections on Nelson Mandela

Written by Antoinette Haselhorst

Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-85768-530-8 (0-85768-530-9)

The world’s most universally admired politician is celebrated in words and images that span the globe. Internationally renowned photographer Antoinette Haselhorst has captured Nelson Mandela on camera on numerous occasions. This unique book is a reflection on the man himself, and his significance on the global stage.

Haselhorst combines her outstanding... Read more >

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Life Laid Bare
The Survivors in Rwanda Speak
Written by Jean Hatzfeld
Translated by Linda Coverdale

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 15, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-273-9 (1-59051-273-1)

"To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk–it is part of being a moral adult."
–Susan Sontag

In the late 1990s, French author and journalist Jean Hatzfeld made several journeys into the hilly, marshy region of the Bugesera, one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Savage War of Peace
Algeria 1954-1962
Written by Alistair Horne

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-218-6 (1-59017-218-3)

Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... Read more >

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Malick Sidibe

Written by Laura Serani and Sabrina Zannier
Edited by Laura Incardona

Format: Trade Paperback, 140 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1125-1 (88-572-1125-8)

Born in 1936 at Soloba, in the Yanfolila Cercle, Mali, Malik Sidibé is now an internationally recognized artist and is considered the greatest African photographer.

In1962, just after Mali proclaimed its independence, Sidibé opened his studio in Bamako, devoting himself to reportage and documentary photography. His famous black-and-white images portray youth... Read more >

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Becoming Mr. October

Written by Reggie Jackson

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47680-7 (0-307-47680-4)

A soul-baring, brutally candid, and highly colorful memoir of the two years—1977 and 1978—when Reggie Jackson went from being an outcast to a Yankee legend.

In the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson should have been on top of the world. The best player on the Oakland A's dynasty teams, he was the... Read more >

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The Night Wanderers
Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army
Written by Wojciech Jagielski
Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-350-6 (1-60980-350-7)

On an average night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They find refuge on the floors of aid agencies or in the streets. In recent years, the civil society was almost completely destroyed by the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Looking for Lovedu
A Woman's Journey Through Africa
Written by Ann Jones

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70533-5 (0-375-70533-3)

The adventure began when a young British photographer, Kevin Muggleton, suggested driving from one end of Africa to the other–“You know, the old ‘Cape to Cairo’ sort of thing.” For the renowned feminist writer Ann Jones, it soon became an expedition with a mission: to find the legendary Lovedu, a tribe... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Surrender or Starve
Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea
Written by Robert D. Kaplan

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3452-9 (1-4000-3452-3)

Robert D. Kaplan is one of our leading international journalists, someone who can explain the most complicated and volatile regions and show why they’re relevant to our world. In Surrender or Starve, Kaplan illuminates the fault lines in the Horn of Africa, which is emerging as a crucial region for America’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Another Day of Life

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72629-3 (0-375-72629-2)

Translated from the Polish by William R. Brand and Katarzyna Mroczkowska-Brand

Ryszard Kapuscinski is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century's preeminent journalists, demonstrating an almost mystical ability to discover the odd or overlooked and incorporating these sometimes surreal details into narratives that go beyond mere reportage and enter the realm... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Emperor

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72203-8 (0-679-72203-3)

Haile Selassie reigned as Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 until he was overthrown by the army in 1974.  Based on interviews with Selassie's servants and closest associates, this is Kapuscinski's fascinating account of Selassie, his Byzantine court, and his eventual downfall.  Perhaps one of the greatest anatomies of power and its delusions ever... Read more >

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The Shadow of the Sun

Written by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77907-0 (0-679-77907-8)

In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Parting the Desert
The Creation of the Suez Canal
Written by Zachary Karabell

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70812-1 (0-375-70812-X)

Award-winning historian Zachary Karabell tells the epic story of the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century—the building of the Suez Canal—and shows how it changed the world.

The dream was a waterway that would unite the East and the West, and the ambitious, energetic French diplomat and entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Written by Fauziya Kassindja

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in... Read more >

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Facing Mount Kenya

Written by Jomo Kenyatta

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1962
Price: $10.36
ISBN: 978-0-394-70210-0 (0-394-70210-7)

With an Introduction by B. Malinkowski, Facing Mount Kenya is a central document of the highest distinction in anthrolopological literature, an invaluable key to the structure of African society and the nature of the African mind. Facing Mount Kenya is not only a formal study of life and death, work and... Read more >

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Strength in What Remains

Written by Tracy Kidder

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7761-5 (0-8129-7761-0)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Alvernia University
Arcadia University
Caldwell College
Claremont McKenna College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Penn State Berks
Stanford University
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
University of Delaware
Western Michigan University

All Iowa Reads 2012
Reading Together 2011, Kalamazoo Public Library

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award

In Strength in What Remains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder gives us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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African Cosmos

Written by Christine M. Kreamer

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-343-8 (1-58093-343-2)

African concepts of the universe are intensely personal, placing human beings in relation to the earth and sky, and with the sun, moon, and stars. At the core of creation myths and the foundation of moral values, celestial bodies are often accorded sacred capacities and are part of the “cosmological map”... Read more >

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38709-7 (0-307-38709-7)

Winner of the Stowe Award for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Africans

Written by David Lamb

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1987
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75308-9 (0-394-75308-9)

This edition of Lamb's acclaimed 1983 book on sub-Saharan Africa contains an epilogue that covers events up to 1987 and includes a report on the author's visit to Ethiopia during the famine of the mid-1980s. Part travelogue, part contemporary history, it is a portrait of a continent that sometimes seems hell-bent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sahara Unveiled
A Journey Across the Desert
Written by Willia Langewiesche

Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75006-2 (0-679-75006-1)

The world's most vast and forbidding desert is revealed in all its cruelty and wonder in this masterpiece of contemporary travel writing by the author of Cutting for Sign. Determined to see the Sahara as its inhabitants do, Langewiesche crossed this enormous desert from Algiers to Dakar, braving its natural and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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