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Books about AFRICA or by AFRICAN AUTHORS

Great books by Africans or set on the African Continent.

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1

Blood River: A Journey to A...

Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart

by

Tim Butcher (Goodreads Author)


4.05 avg rating — 6,463 ratings

score: 8,318 ,
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Chasing the Devil: The Sear...

Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit

by

Tim Butcher (Goodreads Author)


4.09 avg rating — 1,364 ratings

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3

Things Fall Apart (The Afri...

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

by

Chinua Achebe


3.63 avg rating — 240,997 ratings

score: 4,954 ,
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Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

by

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


4.30 avg rating — 73,150 ratings

score: 3,451 ,
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Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

by

Nelson Mandela


4.33 avg rating — 53,142 ratings

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The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible

by

Barbara Kingsolver


4.04 avg rating — 598,102 ratings

score: 2,804 ,
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #1)

by

Alexander McCall Smith (Goodreads Author)


3.77 avg rating — 205,931 ratings

score: 2,366 ,
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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

by

Joseph Conrad


3.42 avg rating — 348,506 ratings

score: 2,106 ,
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The Stranger

The Stranger

by

Albert Camus


3.97 avg rating — 559,461 ratings

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

by

Alan Paton


3.89 avg rating — 58,602 ratings

score: 1,834 ,
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Disgrace

Disgrace

by

J.M. Coetzee


3.84 avg rating — 71,064 ratings

score: 1,816 ,
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12

Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus

by

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


4.15 avg rating — 46,992 ratings

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Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

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Abraham Verghese


4.28 avg rating — 310,103 ratings

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King Leopold's Ghost

King Leopold’s Ghost

by

Adam Hochschild


4.15 avg rating — 31,895 ratings

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15

The Cairo Trilogy: Palace W...

The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street (The Cairo Trilogy #1-3)

by

Naguib Mahfouz


4.46 avg rating — 3,326 ratings

score: 1,598 ,
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of...

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

by

Ishmael Beah


4.15 avg rating — 143,298 ratings

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The Plague

The Plague

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Albert Camus


3.98 avg rating — 124,654 ratings

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Say You're One of Them

Say You’re One of Them

by

Uwem Akpan


3.51 avg rating — 13,350 ratings

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19

No Longer at Ease (The Afri...

No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2)

by

Chinua Achebe


3.83 avg rating — 6,139 ratings

score: 1,273 ,
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20

The Snows of Kilimanjaro an...

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

by

Ernest Hemingway


3.88 avg rating — 29,777 ratings

score: 1,253 ,
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The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

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John le Carré


3.78 avg rating — 18,507 ratings

score: 1,229 ,
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Americanah

Americanah

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


4.29 avg rating — 179,248 ratings

score: 1,178 ,
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23

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs ...

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

by

Alexandra Fuller


3.96 avg rating — 44,395 ratings

score: 1,163 ,
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The Beautyful Ones Are Not ...

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born

by

Ayi Kwei Armah


3.92 avg rating — 2,182 ratings

score: 1,046 ,
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Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

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J.M. Coetzee


3.93 avg rating — 21,155 ratings

score: 981 ,
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26

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1...

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #2)

by

Alexander McCall Smith (Goodreads Author)


3.96 avg rating — 44,472 ratings

score: 920 ,
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27

So Long a Letter

So Long a Letter

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Mariama Bâ


3.89 avg rating — 5,636 ratings

score: 911 ,
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28

A Grain of Wheat

A Grain of Wheat

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o


3.83 avg rating — 3,178 ratings

score: 892 ,
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29

The Emperor

The Emperor

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Ryszard Kapuściński


4.11 avg rating — 4,802 ratings

score: 872 ,
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30

Arrow of God (The African T...

Arrow of God (The African Trilogy, #3)

by

Chinua Achebe


3.81 avg rating — 4,090 ratings

score: 867 ,
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31

The English Patient

The English Patient

by

Michael Ondaatje


3.88 avg rating — 100,375 ratings

score: 860 ,
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32

Death on the Nile (Hercule ...

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17)

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Agatha Christie


4.09 avg rating — 89,332 ratings

score: 859 ,
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33

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cr...

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika


3.93 avg rating — 698 ratings

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Death and the King's Horsem...

Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play

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Wole Soyinka


3.76 avg rating — 2,620 ratings

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Brazzaville Beach

Brazzaville Beach

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William Boyd


3.92 avg rating — 4,220 ratings

score: 742 ,
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I Write What I Like: Select...

I Write What I Like: Selected Writings

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Steve Biko


4.33 avg rating — 1,880 ratings

score: 711 ,
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37

Lucky Go Happy: Make Happin...

Lucky Go Happy: Make Happiness Happen!

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Paul Van Der Merwe (Goodreads Author)


4.41 avg rating — 68 ratings

score: 700 ,
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Season of Migration to the ...

Season of Migration to the North

by

Tayeb Salih


3.71 avg rating — 15,905 ratings

score: 698 ,
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What Is the What

What Is the What

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Dave Eggers


4.16 avg rating — 68,513 ratings

score: 688 ,
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40

A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River

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V.S. Naipaul


3.77 avg rating — 13,869 ratings

score: 680 ,
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41

Nightmare Along the River N...

Nightmare Along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery

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S.E. Nelson (Goodreads Author)


3.88 avg rating — 168 ratings

score: 679 ,
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The Helpers: An internation...

The Helpers: An international tale of Espionage and Corruption

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S.E. Nelson (Goodreads Author)


3.78 avg rating — 68 ratings

score: 672 ,
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43

Master Harold...and the boys

Master Harold…and the boys

by

Athol Fugard


3.81 avg rating — 4,457 ratings

score: 670 ,
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44

God's Bits of Wood

God’s Bits of Wood

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Ousmane Sembène


3.93 avg rating — 2,101 ratings

score: 653 ,
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45

Desert Flower

Desert Flower

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Waris Dirie


4.12 avg rating — 15,061 ratings

score: 635 ,
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46

The Secret Lives of Baba Se...

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

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Lola Shoneyin (Goodreads Author)


3.93 avg rating — 4,689 ratings

score: 634 ,
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47

The African Origin of Civil...

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality

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Cheikh Anta Diop


4.52 avg rating — 1,043 ratings

score: 632 ,
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48

You Must Set Forth at Dawn

You Must Set Forth at Dawn

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Wole Soyinka


3.97 avg rating — 361 ratings

score: 625 ,
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49

The Famished Road

The Famished Road

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Ben Okri


3.73 avg rating — 9,762 ratings

score: 590 ,
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50

Mau Mau and Kenya: An Analy...

Mau Mau and Kenya: An Analysis of a Peasant Revolt

by

Wunyabari O. Maloba


3.67 avg rating — 24 ratings

score: 587 ,
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51

The Civilized World: A Nove...

The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories

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Susi Wyss (Goodreads Author)


3.85 avg rating — 200 ratings

score: 575 ,
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52

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

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Rudyard Kipling


4.09 avg rating — 41,491 ratings

score: 564 ,
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53

The Covenant

The Covenant

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James A. Michener


4.18 avg rating — 18,056 ratings

score: 550 ,
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54

The River Between

The River Between

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o


3.75 avg rating — 2,498 ratings

score: 530 ,
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55

Aké: The Years of Childhood

Aké: The Years of Childhood

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Wole Soyinka


3.92 avg rating — 1,248 ratings

score: 523 ,
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56

The Palm-Wine Drinkard

The Palm-Wine Drinkard

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Amos Tutuola


3.85 avg rating — 1,642 ratings

score: 503 ,
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57

The Power of One (The Power...

The Power of One (The Power of One, #1)

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Bryce Courtenay


4.34 avg rating — 68,723 ratings

score: 500 ,
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58

Out of Africa / Shadows on ...

Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass

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Isak Dinesen


4.24 avg rating — 9,328 ratings

score: 482 ,
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59

Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah

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Chinua Achebe


3.81 avg rating — 3,071 ratings

score: 474 ,
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60

The Shadow of the Sun

The Shadow of the Sun

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Ryszard Kapuściński


4.37 avg rating — 8,603 ratings

score: 460 ,
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61

Midaq Alley

Midaq Alley

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Naguib Mahfouz


3.84 avg rating — 7,578 ratings

score: 456 ,
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62

Matengo Folktales

Matengo Folktales

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Joseph L. Mbele


3.71 avg rating — 7 ratings

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63

River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)

River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)

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Wilbur Smith


4.20 avg rating — 29,963 ratings

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64

The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes

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Lawrence Hill


4.45 avg rating — 63,025 ratings

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65

Jump and Other Stories

Jump and Other Stories

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Nadine Gordimer


3.91 avg rating — 818 ratings

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66

African Perspectives on Col...

African Perspectives on Colonialism

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A. Adu Boahen


3.64 avg rating — 123 ratings

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67

Morality for Beautiful Girl...

Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #3)

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Alexander McCall Smith (Goodreads Author)


3.97 avg rating — 34,708 ratings

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68

The Flame Trees of Thika: M...

The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood

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Elspeth Huxley


4.12 avg rating — 4,795 ratings

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Wind, Sand and Stars

Wind, Sand and Stars

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


4.18 avg rating — 10,509 ratings

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King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon’s Mines

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H. Rider Haggard


3.80 avg rating — 39,150 ratings

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Desert

Desert

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J.M.G. Le Clézio


3.69 avg rating — 1,421 ratings

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A Man of the People

A Man of the People

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Chinua Achebe


3.87 avg rating — 3,168 ratings

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The Healers

The Healers

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Ayi Kwei Armah


4.38 avg rating — 190 ratings

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Girls at War and Other Stories

Girls at War and Other Stories

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Chinua Achebe


3.69 avg rating — 976 ratings

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Born a Crime: Stories From ...

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

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Trevor Noah


4.44 avg rating — 163,159 ratings

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West with the Night

West with the Night

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Beryl Markham


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77

Jambula Tree: And Other Sto...

Jambula Tree: And Other Stories

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The Caine Prize for African Writing (Creator)


3.96 avg rating — 24 ratings

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Aya (Aya #1)

Aya (Aya #1)

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Marguerite Abouet


3.74 avg rating — 4,539 ratings

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79

Shake Hands with the Devil:...

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

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Roméo Dallaire


4.23 avg rating — 9,581 ratings

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80

The Joys of Motherhood

The Joys of Motherhood

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Buchi Emecheta


4.07 avg rating — 3,950 ratings

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81

AfroSF: Science Fiction by ...

AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers

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Ivor W. Hartmann (Goodreads Author) (Editor)


3.88 avg rating — 180 ratings

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82

The Ivory Merchant

The Ivory Merchant

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Mwangi Gicheru


4.18 avg rating — 17 ratings

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83

We Wish to Inform You That ...

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

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Philip Gourevitch


4.25 avg rating — 23,821 ratings

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Born Free: A Lioness of Two...

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Goatsmell

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A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

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Marshall's Family

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On Trial for My Country

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The Hairdresser of Harare

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The Story of Babar

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Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Wo...

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

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Radiance of Tomorrow

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Homegoing

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Fools And Other Stories

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The Book of Chameleons

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Reading “what is the what by Dave Eggers changed my life & how I see the world .

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The Color Purple???? Someone needs to remove that!

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Why is Ernest Hemingway on here??

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Kiki wrote: “Why is Ernest Hemingway on here??”

I think Hemingway is here because of his story set in Africa.

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Margaret wrote: “The Color Purple???? Someone needs to remove that!”

The Color Purple has been removed.

The English Patient is stretching it a bit..

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