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A NOVEL
Written by ODAFE ATOGUN

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 03/07/2017

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87145-4

Here is the stunning debut from a fresh Nigerian literary voice: a mesmerizing, deceptively simple, Kafkaesque narrative, resonant of the myth of Orpheus andEurydice and lightly informed by the life of Nigerian musical superstar Fela Kuti—powerful story of love, sacrifice and courage.

The day a stained brown envelope is delivered from Taduno’s homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of hope, the musician discovers that his people no longer recognize him,...

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Format: Hardcover, 80 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/07/2017

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-524-73313-1

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend. 

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.
     Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a...

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THE ODYSSEY OF JULIUS ACHON
Written by JOHN BRANT

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 08/16/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39215-9

In the tradition of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation by way of Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, this is the inspirational true story of the Ugandan boy soldier who became a world-renowned runner, then found his calling as director of a world-renowned African children’s charity.

“Julius can’t remember who first saw the men. He heard no warning sounds—no dog barking or twig snapping. Until this point, events had moved too swiftly for Julius to be afraid, but now panic seized him. In...

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FATHERS, SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN
Written by HISHAM MATAR

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 07/05/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99482-7

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing—one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 
Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesThe Washington Post The Guardian • Financial Times

When Hisham Matar was a...

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Written by OKEY NDIBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Soho Press

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-95458-1

Foreign Gods, Inc. is a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the “exotic,” including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions. An exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no...

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE RACE TO SAVE OUR ENDANGERED RELATIVES
Written by NANCY J. MERRICK
Foreword by JANE GOODALL

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 06/17/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08490-8

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
 
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it was past time to discover the extent to which chimpanzees are at risk across Africa and what can be done. Merrick had begun working with primates in 1972 as a young field...

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Written by TEJU COLE

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $23.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99578-7

A young Nigerian living in New York City goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. In a city dense with story, the unnamed narrator moves through a mosaic of life, hoping to find inspiration for his own. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoo” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet café, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus who disembarks and disappears into a bookless crowd, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy...

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LAND AS MATERIAL AND METAPHOR IN THE ARTS OF AFRICA

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: The Monacelli Press

On Sale: 11/12/2013

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 978-1-580-93370-4

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land–whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a surface to be interpreted and turned to for inspiration, or as an environment to be protected. 

Both internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists are...

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AN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN'S QUEST TO HELP ORPHANS IN AFRICA
Written by JOHN DONNELLY

Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00116-5

American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to travel to Africa and open a school for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.

David Nixon, a carpenter from North Carolina who had lived through his share of trouble,...

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SAILORS, SLAVES, COMMONERS, AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $27.50

ISBN: 978-0-807-03317-3

Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a sweeping history of the role of the dispossessed in the making of the modern world.

When an unprecedented expansion of trade and colonization in the early...

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ONE WOMAN'S BATTLE FOR AFRICA'S MOST SACRED ANIMAL
Written by LINDA TUCKER
Foreword by ANDREW HARVEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 05/07/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94605-3

In this memoir, white lion conservationist Linda Tucker describes her perilous struggle to protect the sacred white lion from the trophy-hunting industry, armed only with her indomitable spirit and total devotion.

Her story begins in 1991 with a heart-stopping misadventure in the Timbavati Reserve of South Africa. Tucker–then a successful advertising executive–and a group of fellow travelers found themselves surrounded by a pride of angry lions. There was no way out, night had fallen, and...

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DISCOVERING THE SECRETS OF THE FASTEST PEOPLE ON EARTH
Written by ADHARANAND FINN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 04/09/2013

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-52880-3

Whether running is your recreation or your religion, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you, as he ventures to uncover the secrets of the fastest people on earth. Finn’s mesmerizing quest combines a fresh look at barefoot running, practical advice on the sport, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream: to run with his heroes. Uprooting his family of five, Finn traveled to a small, chaotic town in the Rift Valley province of...

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