Tag Archives: Africa

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Subtitled: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide This book explores gender inequality around the world, focused primarily on sex trafficking, violence against women, and maternal mortality. It also discusses potential solutions and gives accounts of some successes and failures … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Nekropolis, by Maureen McHugh

Hariba has voluntarily entered a life of forced servitude to escape the death-homes of Nekropolis, the section of a large Moroccan city where she was raised. She’s working for a rich couple who buy the contract of many such forced-servants, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Cress, by Marissa Meyer

Cress is third in the Lunar Chronicles, after Cinder and Scarlet. To recap previous feelings, I’d wished Cinder was standalone, and left out all the moon-alien-people, which felt superfluous. Then, in Scarlet, I didn’t mind so much, because the story … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Prose, Young Adult | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Timeless, by Gail Carriger

Major spoilers. Fifth and final book in the series, this time involving a trip to Egypt and a lot more information about the backgrounds of many, many characters. Lots to like in this book, though I didn’t like this one … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sweetness in the Belly, by Camilla Gibb (audio)

Lilly is born to British parents, but raised in Africa by a devout Muslim teacher, and eventually moves to Ethiopia as a teenager. When Ethiopia is torn apart by war politics, she becomes a refugee in London, and eventually turns … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

West With the Night, by Beryl Markham (audio)

Beryl Markham grew up in Kenya. In her adulthood, she first worked with race horses and later became a pilot. At one point, she crossed the Atlantic from Europe to North America solo, one of the first people to do … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba was a young boy from a small village in Milawi, Africa. He built a windmill and brought “electric wind” to his village. This is his story. I’m so, so sorry, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Adult, Prose | Tagged , , | Leave a comment