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Tears of the Giraffe
A No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel (2)
Written by Alexander McCall Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 3, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3135-1 (1-4000-3135-4)

The continuing story of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency finds our wily heroine searching for a young man who disappeared into the African plains many years ago. Along the way she becomes engaged to Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, a good man who passes the most difficult test (her father... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and in large print trade paperback.

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Steam Pig
A Lieutenant Kramer and Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi Investigation
Written by James McClure


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: July 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-652-9 (1-56947-652-7)

In the debut mystery featuring Lieutenant Kramer and Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi set in South Africa, a beautiful blonde has been killed by a bicycle spoke to the heart, Bantu gangster style. Why?

“James McClure’s first novel arrives like a slam in the kidneys . . . a gripping style, real... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pillar of Salt

Written by Albert Memmi


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 1992
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8327-7 (0-8070-8327-5)

A semi-autobiographical novel about a young boy growing up in French colonized Tunisia.

“His father an Italian Jew, his mother a Berber, Benillouche struggles on the tattered fringe of the Tunisian ghetto for the very air he breathes. . . . A mature, thoughtful book.” -The New York Times Read more >

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All Our Names

Written by Dinaw Mengestu


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34998-7 (0-385-34998-X)

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Thirty Girls

Written by Susan Minot


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26638-5 (0-307-26638-9)

The long-awaited novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of Evening is a literary tour de force set in war-torn Africa.

Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Bend in the River

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72202-1 (0-679-72202-5)

In what The New York Times calls a "brilliant novel," V.S. Naipaul takes us into the life of an Indian man who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Half a Life
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70728-5 (0-375-70728-X)

In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced his finest novel to date, a bleakly resonant study of the fraudulent bargains that make up an identity.

The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In a Free State
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3055-2 (1-4000-3055-2)

No writer has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives.

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

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Three Strong Women
A novel
Written by Marie NDiaye


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74133-2 (0-307-74133-8)

A New York Times Notable Book
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2012
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012

From Marie NDiaye, the first black woman to win the Prix Goncourt, a harrowing and beautiful novel of the travails of West African immigrants in France.

The story of three women who say no... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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October 7, 2014
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Foreign Gods, Inc.

Written by Okey Ndibe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-458-1 (1-61695-458-2)

Foreign Gods, Inc. is a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the “exotic,” including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Foreign Gods, Inc.

Written by Okey Ndibe


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-313-3 (1-61695-313-6)

Foreign Gods, Inc. is a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the “exotic,” including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nairobi Heat

Written by Mukoma Wa Ngugi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-64-6 (1-935554-64-6)

For fans of smart foreign crime books, an action-packed crime story in an unusual setting–Kenya–and rooted in fascinating African history

In Madison, Wisconsin, it’s a big deal when African peace activist Joshua Hakizimana–famous for saving hundreds of people from the Rwandan genocide–accepts a position at the university. Then a young girl is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Horseman

Written by Mike Nicol


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76039-9 (0-679-76039-3)

“A dark and terrifying novel presenting a mythical account of the development of evil through the history of Southern Africa.” —Seattle Times

This ferocious novel by one of South Africa’s visionary writers is a post-colonial reimagining of the Book of Revelation—an unholy epic that reenvisions the catastrophic violence of European “civilization”... Read more >

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The Ibis Tapestry

Written by Mike Nicol


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78095-3 (0-679-78095-5)

An audacious departure of the internationally acclaimed South African novelist—a thriller with all the searing immediacy of today's headlines. Robert Poley is an unhappy writer of “airport” thrillers. His teenage son has been busted for drug possession, and his wife has recently left him for a woman. So, when a dead... Read more >

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This Day and Age

Written by Mike Nicol


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74200-5 (0-679-74200-X)

With tremendous political daring, South African novelist Mike Nicol offers a luminous parable of his country's past. Bawdy and terrifying, fantastical yet eerily familiar, This Day and Age realizes the prophecy told to a newly elected president on the eve of his inauguration. After years of bountiful harmony will come plague... Read more >

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The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories

Edited by Nadezda Obradovic


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72240-7 (0-385-72240-0)

“The short stories assembled here resemble the art of an mbari display in the great variety and frank energy of their styles and practices. We are not expected, or indeed intended, to experience every offering with impartial, even-handed enthusiasm. But we will do well as we embark on the journey they... Read more >

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The Healing

Written by Jonathan Odell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74456-2 (0-307-74456-6)

Plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield’s intense grief over losing her daughter crosses the line into madness when she takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague that is sweeping through the plantation’s slave quarters, Master... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Famished Road

Written by Ben Okri


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42513-1 (0-385-42513-9)

Winner of the 1991 Booker Prize. Set in the ghetto of an African city during British colonial rule, this rich, phantasmagorical novel follows Azaro, a "spirit-child" who has reneged on a pact with the spirit world.

"A dazzling achievement for any writer in any language."
The New York Times Book Review

"A masterpiece... Read more >


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October 7, 2014
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Dust

Written by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80254-5 (0-345-80254-3)

When a young man is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi, his grief-stricken father and sister bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands. But the murder has stirred up memories long since buried, precipitating a series of events no one could have foreseen. As the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Dust

Written by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96120-4 (0-307-96120-6)

From a breathtaking new voice, a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.

Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His grief-stricken sister, Ajany, just returned from Brazil, and their father bring his body back... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Icarus Girl

Written by Helen Oyeyemi


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7875-2 (1-4000-7875-X)

The Icarus Girl is an astonishing achievement.” —Sunday Telegraph (London)

Jessamy “Jess” Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of an extraordinary and powerful imagination, she spends hours writing haiku, reading Shakespeare, or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the child of an English father and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Opposite House

Written by Helen Oyeyemi


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7876-9 (1-4000-7876-8)

In a dazzling follow-up to The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women and their search for the truth about faith and identity.

Maja was five years old when her black Cuban family emigrated from the Caribbean to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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White is for Witching
A Novel
Written by Helen Oyeyemi


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: June 23, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52605-0 (0-385-52605-9)

Miranda is at homehomesick, home sick . . .”

As a child, Miranda Silver developed pica, a rare eating disorder that causes its victims to consume nonedible substances. The death of her mother when Miranda is sixteen exacerbates her condition; nothing, however, satisfies a strange hunger passed down through the women in... Read more >

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A Distant Shore

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3450-5 (1-4000-3450-7)

Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher who has recently moved to a housing estate in a small village. Solomon is a night-watchman, an immigrant from an unnamed country in Africa. Each is desperate for love. And yet each harbors secrets that may make attaining it impossible.

With breathtaking assurance and compassion, Caryl Phillips... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Foreigners

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7984-1 (1-4000-7984-5)

From an acclaimed, award-winning novelist comes this brilliant hybrid of reportage, fiction, and historical fact: the stories of three black men whose tragic lives speak resoundingly to the problem of race in British society.

With his characteristic grace and forceful prose, Phillips describes the lives of three very different men: Francis Barber... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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