Adult Summer Reading 2011 – Africa

Summer Reading continues, so don’t forget to write a review for a cool prize. Remember, reviews can be done by hand, or enter your review on our Summer Reading Page or on Goodreads!

Continuing on our Novel Destinations tour, we’ll visit the “greenest continent”, Africa.

1. Again, we’ve developed an Armchair Travel booklist for Africa (it’s probably rather a hot time to visit just now).

2. Or, try one of these classics:

3. Looking for a history? Check out one of these:

4. Here are a few of my personal recommendations for books set in Africa:

  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – The story of a white African boy who learns about the human spirit and survival from a variety of teachers in South Africa during WWII.
  • The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – A journey into the Congolese jungle introduces a young idealistic man to the inner savagery of all humankind.
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba – The inspiring  true story of a young man who builds a windmill, using old library books, to help his village.
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela – A look at one of the most intriguing men alive today (and a hero of mine!).
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri – Azaro straddles the living and spiritual worlds, and struggles to deal with the poverty, hunger, and love he feels for his family and village.
  • Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey – Ghana police detective Darko Dawson investigates the murder of a young woman whose demise recalls some of the traditional area mythology.
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – Precious Ramotswe investigates crimes in her native Botswana.

5. Finally, African memoirs have become increasingly popular recently. Here are a few to try out:

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