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Affluence Without Abundance: What We Can Learn from the World's Most Successful Civilisation By James Suzman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632865724
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 11th, 2017

“Insightful and well-written . . . [Suzman chronicles] how much humankind can still learn from the disappearing way of life of the most marginalized communities on earth.”Yuval Noah Harari, author of SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMAN KIND and HOMO DEUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW


Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Half of a Yellow Sun—the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race, belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel By Jan-Philipp Sendker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590514634
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Published: Other Press - January 31st, 2012

The first book in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats series, this is a passionate love story, a haunting fable, and an enchanting mystery set in Burma.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: One World - November 15th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than one million copies sold! A “brilliant” (Lupita Nyong’o, Time), “poignant” (Entertainment Weekly), “soul-nourishing” (USA Today) memoir about coming of age during the twilight of apartheid

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World By Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399185045
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Published: Avery - September 20th, 2016

An instant New York Times bestseller

Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope By William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061730337
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 27th, 2010

Now a Netflix Film, Starring and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave

Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage Contemporaries) By Edwidge Danticat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400034307
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Published: Vintage - September 9th, 2008

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
A National Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book

Cry, the Beloved Country By Alan Paton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743262170
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Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2003

“The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time.” —The New Republic

“A beautiful novel…its writing is so fresh, its projection of character so immediate and full, its events so compelling, and its understanding so compassionate that to read the book is to share intimately, even to the p

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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood By Alexandra Fuller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375758997
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 11th, 2003

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller shares visceral memories of her childhood in Africa, and of her headstrong, unforgettable mother.

“This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over.”—Newsweek

Food From Across Africa: Recipes to Share By Duval Timothy, Jacob Fodio Todd, Folayemi Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062467409
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Published: Ecco - June 14th, 2016

Discover the amazing cuisine of Africa with Food from Across Africa, a beautiful full-color cookbook featuring classical and modern African dishes.

Half of a Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400095209
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2007

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists—a haunting story of love and war • Recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction “Winner of Winners” award

Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook By Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607743941
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2012

A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011.

The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Soon to be a major Broadway stage production. Coming July 2022!

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel beloved by millions of readers the world over.

The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Clarion Books - June 29th, 2000

Now with the restored original artwork, the beloved classic story of a young prince's travels throughout space—a profound tale about loneliness and loss, and love and friendship.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier By Ishmael Beah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374531263
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

The Monk of Mokha By Dave Eggers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947319
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018


“A gripping, triumphant adventure” (Los Angeles Times) from bestselling author Dave Eggers, the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World By Tracy Kidder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812973013
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 31st, 2004

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views.”—USA Today

Oil on Water: A Novel By Helon Habila Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393339642
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 16th, 2011

“The new generation of twenty-first-century African writers have now come of age. Without a doubt Habila is one of the best.”—Emmanuel Dongala

Our Syria: Recipes from Home By Dina Mousawi, Itab Azzam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762490523
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Published: Running Press Adult - October 3rd, 2017

Syria is where food, memory, and resilience collide: recreate the flavors of this beautiful country in Our Syria, for delicious meals anywhere in the world.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts By Amos Tutuola Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802133632
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Published: Grove Press - December 15th, 1993

When Amos Tutuola's first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, appeared in 1952, it aroused exceptional worldwide interest. Drawing on the West African Yoruba oral folktale tradition, Tutuola described the odyssey of a devoted palm-wine drinker through a nightmare of fantastic adventure.

The Power of One: A Novel By Bryce Courtenay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345410054
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 29th, 1996

“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.”
–The New York Times

“Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.”

Running the Rift: A Novel By Naomi Benaron Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2012

Running the Rift follows the progress of Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country’s first Olympic medal winner in track.

Stay with Me: A novel By Ayobami Adebayo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451494603
Published: Knopf - August 22nd, 2017

A New York Times Notable Book
The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year
Named a Best Book of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, The Economist, Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, Southern Living, HelloGiggles, and Shelf Awareness

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911761
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Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The highly acclaimed, provocative essay on feminism and sexual politics—from the award-winning author of Americanah

What Is the What By Dave Eggers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307385901
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children —the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find f