FRC: A book set in Africa
Africa is large and diverse, so it is not surprising that there is a wide and diverse field of books to chose from! From books of the pre- and post- colonial period to the recent bestseller “Homegoing” (set in Ghana) books set in Africa cover many countries, eras and perspectives.
- An article from the UK newspaper, The Telegraph “10 Best Novels about Africa” has some excellent suggestions.
- A list from Goodreads, with a focus on authors of African origin.
- This list on LitHub offers “25 New Books by African Writers You Should Read“
- Look for suggestions by country with Ohio State University’s Literary Map of Africa.
- Try an award winning author. Nobel prize winners include Naguib Mahfouz, Nadine Gordimer, Wole Soyinka and J.M. Coetzee. Nurudden Farah (Somalia) won the Neustadt Prize, and Ben Okri (Nigeria) won the Booker Prize.
- Looking for something short and upbeat? Try the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, set in Botswana.
In our catalog, you will generally have the best luck searching for a specific author or country, for example, Nigeria — Fiction.
As always, please ask us for suggestions, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While browsing in the library, I picked up the book Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, thinking that I had read something else by her that I really liked. However, it soon became apparent that it was the book that I read that I really liked, so I looked around on my shelves. I had two books set in Africa that I have not read, Links by Nuruddin Farah and The heart of redness by Zakes Mda. There is also a newish book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that I have not read, Americanah, that although about an immigrant is set largely in Nigeria. I would also like to read the new book “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, but it has holds so I will put that off for later.
What I Read:
Needless to say, I am still behind. This week, I finished my librarian suggested book “As Good as Gone”, and listened to the audio version of “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States”. I’m also half way through “The Bell Jar” (written the year I was born).
Next up: A book you started but never finished. This category is perfect for me!
Also next week is Banned Books Week, so we will look at the category A Banned Book.