Africa Is My Home

A Child of the Amistad

Author: Monica Edinger

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763650382

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 55

View: 9962

Inspired by a true story, the compelling tale of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad describes her capture, her witness to a mutiny and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa.

Out Of Africa

Author: Isak Dinesen

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 1443432954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 9700

In Out of Africa, author Isak Dinesen takes a wistful and nostalgic look back on her years living in Africa on a Kenyan coffee plantation. Recalling the lives of friends and neighbours—both African and European—Dinesen provides a first-hand perspective of colonial Africa. Through her obvious love of both the landscape and her time in Africa, Dinesen’s meditative writing style deeply reflects the themes of loss as her plantation fails and she returns to Europe. HarperTorch brings great works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperTorch collection to build your digital library.

Africa is My Witness

Author: Credo Vusa'mazulu Mutwa

Publisher: N.A


Category: Africa

Page: 344

View: 336

" ... Combining various legends and myths, with perhaps only the vaguest background of historical fact," [pref.].


A Biography of the Continent

Author: John Reader

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140266755

Category: History

Page: 802

View: 3647

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Author: Anna Olswanger

Publisher: NewSouth Books

ISBN: 1603061592

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 2140

In Anna Olswanger’s Greenhorn, a young Holocaust survivor arrives at a New York yeshiva in 1946 where he will study and live. His only possession is a small box that he never lets out of his sight. Daniel, the young survivor, rarely talks, but the narrator, a stutterer who bears the taunts of the other boys, comes to consider Daniel his friend. The mystery of what’s in the box propels this short work, but it’s in the complex relationships of the school boys that the human story is revealed. In the end, Aaron, the stutterer, finds his voice and a friend in Daniel, and their bond offers hope for a future life of dreams realized, one in which Daniel is able to let go of his box. Greenhorn is a powerful story that gives human dimension to the Holocaust. It poignantly underscores our flawed humanity and speaks to the healing value of friendship. Families will want to read Greenhorn together.

The State of Africa

A History of the Continent Since Independence

Author: Martin Meredith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857203894

Category: History

Page: 768

View: 6598

Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of decolonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Weaving together the key stories and characters of the last fifty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the 'scar on the conscience of the world'. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is a major book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.

Green Hills of Africa

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147677014X

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 2801

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave. In the winter of 1933, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Pauline set out on a two-month safari in the big-game country of East Africa, camping out on the great Serengeti Plain at the foot of magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. “I had quite a trip,” the author told his friend Philip Percival, with characteristic understatement. Green Hills of Africa is Hemingway's account of that expedition, of what it taught him about Africa and himself. Richly evocative of the region's natural beauty, tremendously alive to its character, culture, and customs, and pregnant with a hard-won wisdom gained from the extraordinary situations it describes, it is widely held to be one of the twentieth century's classic travelogues.

Africa Is Not a Country

Author: Mark Melnicove,Margy Burns Knight

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 1467781096

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 9198

Enter into the daily life of children in the many countries of modern Africa. Countering stereotypes, this book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of this vibrant continent as experienced by children at home, at school, at work, and at play.

South Africa Is My Home

Author: Jamie Daniel,Stillman Rogers

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub

ISBN: 9780836808513

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 7616

Presents the life of a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg, under a system of apartheid. Includes a reference section with information about South Africa.

Mapping My Way Home

Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa

Author: Stephanie Urdang

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1583676686

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5103

Stephanie Urdang was born in Cape Town, South Africa, into a white, Jewish family staunchly opposed to the apartheid regime. In 1967, at the age of twenty-three, no longer able to tolerate the grotesque iniquities and oppression of apartheid, she chose exile and emigrated to the United States. There she embraced feminism, met anti-apartheid and solidarity movement activists, and encountered a particularly American brand of racial injustice. Urdang also met African revolutionaries such as Amilcar Cabral, who would influence her return to Africa and her subsequent journalism. In 1974, she trekked through the liberation zones of Guinea-Bissau during its war of independence; in the 1980’s, she returned repeatedly to Mozambique and saw how South Africa was fomenting a civil war aimed to destroy the newly independent country. From the vantage point of her activism in the United States, and from her travels in Africa, Urdang tracked and wrote about the slow, inexorable demise of apartheid that led to South Africa’s first democratic elections, when she could finally return home. Urdang’s memoir maps out her quest for the meaning of home and for the lived reality of revolution with empathy, courage, and a keen eye for historical and geographic detail. This is a personal narrative, beautifully told, of a journey traveled by an indefatigable exile who, while yearning for home, continued to question where, as a citizen of both South Africa and the United States, she belongs. “My South Africa!” she writes, on her return in 1991, after the release of Nelson Mandela, “How could I have imagined for one instant that I could return to its beauty, and not its pain?”

This Was My Africa

Living with Changes

Author: June Kashita

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781987776799


Page: 652

View: 3332

Born in Yorkshire, flame-haired June Kashita read avidly from the age of four, finding herself captivated by tales of the far-flung places to be found in such books as The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (Kenya) and Living Among Cannibals (Papua New Guinea). As a newly qualified primary school teacher and all set for an English life, June met a man who was to become her future husband and as a black African, the cause of an almost irreconcilable rift between June and her parents. Consequently, risking all to follow her dreams and aspirations, June departed for a new life in the racial hot-bed of Northern Rhodesia as one of the impossibly few crusaders for mixed-race marriage. Her Yorkshire genes stood her in good stead to weather the storm as Zambia slowly arose from the fire of racial segregation, facing censure and deprivations with a clear and reasoned eye and, as this book will reveal - a good dollop of humour.

Skeletons on the Zahara

Author: Dean King

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099435926

Category: Desert survival

Page: 368

View: 1959

A crucial, forgotten chapter of American history--immortalized in a survivor's firsthand account that became one of the bestselling books in 19th-century America and influenced Abraham Lincoln's thoughts on slavery--is brilliantly retold for a new generation.

Africa on My Mind

Author: Angene Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935925293

Category: Education

Page: 210

View: 5849

After two years as an early Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Liberia, one woman's five decade effort to learn about and to educate Americans about African peoples and countries.

Learning to Love Africa

My Journey from Africa to Harvard Business School and Back

Author: Monique Maddy

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0066211107

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 358

View: 4383

From the remote mountains of Liberia to the epicenter of New York City, Monique Maddy's life has been an extraordinary journey from an idyllic community to the chaos of city living. But Learning to Love Africa is far more than an exile's dream of return. Sent to the west at the tender age of six by her doting father, Maddy has spent her entire life struggling to reclaimher father's dream of progress in his beloved homeland. Born in Yekepa, a tiny village transformed into a utopian global community by a Swedish multinational corporation, Maddy introduces us to her remarkable father, Emmanuel, an enterprising driver-turned-restaurateur, and her mother, Julia, the descendant of an equally remarkable family of Mandingo entrepreneurs. With loving descriptions of life in this developing world, Maddy introduces us to the sophisticated business skills of her ancestors and shows how her family's acumen and emotional strength became a launching pad for her own ambitions. In haunting passages that describe her schooling first in England and then in America, we see Maddy's gradual transformation from country girl to savvy intellectual. But her first attempt to return to the continent of her birth, under the auspices of the United Nations, leads only to embittered frustration when it becomes clear to her that the bureaucracy of the international organization will do little to actually improve the lives of Africans -- and will often make their already difficult existence even more miserable. Disillusioned, Maddy returns to the United States to attend Harvard Business School where she hatches a bold plan to start a telecommunications company in Africa. Rallying her fellow Harvard students, Maddy sets off to the continent of her birth once again. Learning to Love Africa tells the story of her two-fisted battle against the corruption of African politics and economic life on one hand and the complacency of her Harvard intern team on the other. Unbowed by the obstacles in her way, Maddy tells a rousing tale of what it takes to build a business where the political framework for capitalism doesn't exist, and how to persevere in bringing Africa into the twenty-first century. Along the way, Maddy recounts with poignant regret and horror how her homeland slips into anarchy and civil war while her father's dream of a better life evaporates and his business and home are destroyed in the conflict. Emotionally charged, vividly described, and deeply felt, Learning to Love Africa is a memoir of despair for Africa, which seemingly has been written off by the developed world, and of tempered optimism for the future Maddy knows Africa can achieve.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Author: Alexandra Fuller

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1743536569

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2679

How you see a country depends on whether you are driving through it, or live in it. How you see a country depends on whether or not you can leave it, if you have to. As the daughter of white settlers in war-torn 1970s Rhodesia, Alexandra Fuller remembers a time when a schoolgirl was as likely to carry a shotgun as a satchel. This is her story - of a civil war, of a quixotic battle with nature and loss, and of a family's unbreakable bond with the continent that came to define, scar and heal them. Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2002, Alexandra Fuller's classic memoir of an African childhood is suffused with laughter and warmth even amid disaster. Unsentimental and unflinching, but always enchanting, it is the story of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Author: N.A

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 9780590102940

Category: Folklore

Page: 30

View: 9723

A Caldecott Medal winner, this retelling of a traditional West African tale reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

How to Write about Africa

Author: Binyavanga Wainaina

Publisher: Kwani

ISBN: 9789966700827

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 49

View: 2581

This trio of sharp-witted essays takes irony to a new level. In How to Write About Africa, Wainaina dissects the African clichÈs and preconceptions dear to western writers and readers with a ruthless precision. In the same fashion, My Clan KC undresses the layers of meaning shrouding the identity of the infamous Kenya Cowboy. And in Power of Love, we start with a bemused recollection of the advent of the celebrities-for-Africa phenomenon, heralded by the mid-eighties hit song We Are The World. Itís a short step from there to the speculation, many years later, that ìa $9-dollar-a-day cow from Japan could very well head a humanitarian NGO in Kenya,î whose ìdollar-a-day peopleî continue to fascinate the ì$5-dollar-a-day, 25-year-old backpackers who came and loved and compassioned and are now the beneficiaries of $5000 a month consulting for the United Nations.î

O, Africa!

A Novel

Author: Andrew Lewis Conn

Publisher: Hogarth

ISBN: 080413829X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7335

A rollicking and ambitious novel that recalls Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, O, Africa! follows two filmmakers on an unlikely journey, while exploring the complexities of race, class, sexuality, and success in early twentieth century America. In the summer of 1928, twin brothers Micah and Izzy Grand are at the pinnacle of their movie-making careers. From their roots as sons of Brooklyn immigrants, they have risen to become kings of silent comedy – with the brash, bloviating Micah directing and calling the shots, while his retreating brother skillfully works behind the lens. But when Micah’s penchant for gambling, and his interracial affair with Rose, a sharp-witted, light-skinned black woman from Harlem, combine to threaten his livelihood and his life, he finds himself in need of a quick escape. As the ascent of the talkies looms on the horizon, the brothers’ producer offers them an opportunity that couldn’t be better timed: travel to Africa to compile stock footage of the exotic locales, as well as filming a new comedy in the jungle. Together with an unlikely crew of producers, stars and hangers-on, the Grands set out for Malwiki, where among the tribesmen they each discover unforeseen truths about themselves, their lovers, and the meaning of the movies. Moving from the piers of Coney Island to Africa’s veld, and further to the glitter of early Hollywood, O, Africa! is an epic tale of self-discovery, the constraints of history and prejudice, and the stubborn resolve of family and friendship in the face of tragedy. From the Hardcover edition.

From the Heart of Africa

A book of Wisdom

Author: N.A

Publisher: Tundra Books

ISBN: 177049720X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 8084

A collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more. Aphorisms are universal. They give guidance, context and instruction for life's issues, and they help us understand each other and the world around us. We use them every day, yet never think about where they came from or why they exist. In this beautifully illustrated collection, Eric Walters brings us classic sayings from the places where this shared wisdom began. Ashanti, Sukuma, Akan and Kikuyu: all of these cultures use the portable and easily shared knowledge contained in aphorisms, and from these cultures and more this communal knowledge spread. This book is a celebration of art, of community and of our common history.

The Book of Negroes

Author: Lawrence Hill

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0552775487

Category: Fiction

Page: 497

View: 2227

Abducted from her West African village at the age of eleven and sold as a slave in the American South, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom - and of finding her way home again. After escaping the plantation, torn from her husband and child, she passes through Manhattan in the chaos of the Revolutionary War, is shipped to Nova Scotia, and then joins a group of freed slaves on a harrowing return odyssey to Africa.Based on a true story, Lawrence Hill's epic novel spans three continents and six decades to bring to life a dark and shameful chapter in our history through the story of one brave and resourceful woman.