", "This was the book that taught me that it was okay to think. Amid all the headlines and analysis about the “coup that was not a coup”, it is important to remember that there was a Zimbabwe before Mugabe and there is one after him. published 1969, avg rating 3.84 — published 2017, avg rating 4.08 — Set in the town of Salaga, the lives of these two women collide as British and German forces arrive, threatening the slave trade. Nanjaya Nyabola has always been a force to be reckoned with, confirmed once again by the brilliance of this book that explores the impact of technology and internet on life and politics in Kenya. You know that thing where you immediately want to read anything that person's every written? 2,362 ratings — The multitude of identities and voices take over, sometimes collectively, other times as individuals, creating a nervous energy as we wait to see what next. ", "I can't do this without saying a book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so I'm gonna choose Americanah because that was one of the first times I actually saw myself in a book. published 1988, avg rating 3.73 — Possessed or grappling with mental illness? Ali Mazrui AFRICA'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY project was first suggested at the 1998 Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare. She fights to keep her head above water while navigating a miscarriage, the criticisms of her Jamaican immigrant family, opinionated friends, and a shaky career as a journalist. There is a richness to the story, the characters are well-crafted, the plot gripping. But above all, it's an incredibly empathetic tale about a Black woman living her dysfunctional life—with a little humor and a lot of awkward moments. You have the church mothers, and thinking about small Black communities and how these women in the church and religion rule everything. From evocative prose to moving memoirs and hilarious satire, we bring you some of Africa’s best reads from the first half of 2019: Manchester Happened – by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. 55,437 ratings — 7,401 ratings — No matter how tired one as one reads this, one-more-page syndrome begins to hit. It's a really basic thing. published 2016, avg rating 4.44 — Queenie is a layered story about a young woman who's life is on the fritz in the midst of a breakup. This is the one book that I recommend when anyone asks me what I'm reading or what they should read. published 1981, Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1), Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (Hardcover), No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2), We Should All Be Feminists (Kindle Edition), The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (Hardcover), Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Hardcover), One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir (Paperback), Girls at War and Other Stories (Paperback), Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1), The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (Paperback), The Hairdresser of Harare (Kindle Edition), Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback), The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Hardcover), A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Hardcover), Johnny Temple, Publisher of Akashic Books, on Black Orchid Blues. I had been going around being like, 'I'm doing things wrong, and I'm just existing badly and offending everyone with my presence.' published 2017, avg rating 3.86 — published 1987, avg rating 3.99 — I don't know anyone who writes pain with such clarity. published 1965, avg rating 3.95 — This is certainly the case of Kenya. From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, here are 25 great books by African-American authors you should add to your reading list today. Our sparks smoldering without a fireplace. Are they a utopia wholly divorced from offline realities? It is 1901, a time when “God and the white man were one”. 6,083 ratings — 1,708 ratings — Also not to be under-estimated is the role of al-Qaeda, which, according to the book, encouraged al-Shabaab to “be more flexible”. published 2011, avg rating 3.67 — 86,757 ratings — Transporting the reader through history, the book leaps to the 1960s with the taste of independence in the air. ", "That is the first time in my life that I understood what a microaggression was. ", "I read this very speedily in two sittings. The idea of healing isn't linear and isn't easy and doesn't come how we'd like it to. Colonial administrator Ian Edward McDonald, Indian railway worker Babu Salim, and preacher Richard Turnbull are all thrown together by the construction of Kenya’s railway, also known as the “Lunatic Express”. She has spent years protecting her mute older brother Hagos. It's the most amazing journey I've been in through literature. And then how we may or may not come back together again. 3,841 ratings — 13,794 ratings — Our protagonist is now Rajan Salim, grandson of Babu. If you need help outside of these hours use the resources below. published 2007, avg rating 3.77 — There is a richness to this story set in pre-colonial Ghana, much of which comes from the portrayal of the two young women who form the centre of the plot: Aminah, a slave; and Wurche, the daughter of a powerful chief. 173,131 ratings — In 2019, Candice Carty-Williams' bestselling debut novel Queenie hit bookshelves. Their bond is perhaps the only tangible, permanent aspect of both their lives, which have been spent living between two worlds. 2,223 ratings — 102,872 ratings — Every purchase on Amazon supports the author and Books2Africa, a UK registered charity (1152599) that sends donated books to students and teachers in Africa . This year was full of spectacular fiction, spine-tingling poetry and hard-hitting non-fiction from Africa. Because there are loads of tricky questions that we have when it comes to female identity. Do these spaces exist in a vacuum? "In Charles M. Blow's honest and artful, 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' we get his African-American life, the bulk of the memoir covering the years from his early childhood to his early 20s, spent mostly in Louisiana. In 2019, Candice Carty-Williams' bestselling debut novel Queenie hit bookshelves. To put her younger sister through her education she has to sleep with loads of men while she's working in a hotel, which she also uses as a base for her money earning. ", "I love it so much. published 1958, avg rating 4.31 — This is a challenging yet necessary read. This is not therefore just a sweeping tale of romance. In this story, protagonist Shadia observes these collections as she thinks: “Nothing was of her. Toni was one of our great writers. Nyabola delves deeper into this. 162,812 ratings — Blankets and snuggles. published 1991, avg rating 3.89 — published 1991, avg rating 3.73 — Every purchase on Amazon supports the author and Books2Africa, a UK registered charity (1152599) that sends donated books to students and teachers in Africa . We have created a Member Pathway that helps you to grow from being a subscriber and Supporter to being a full Member.

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