Out of Africa: Fiction and Nonfiction Influenced by Africa

Africa may be across the ocean but the culture, climate, and stories of Africa can be brought into your home with these fiction and nonfiction titles.

Fiction books
Nonfiction books

Fiction Books

Abani, Chris. GraceLand. 2004.

Aboulela, Leila. The Translator. 2006.

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. 1959.
     Also available: CD

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half a Yellow Sun. 2006.

Akpan, Uwem. Say You’re One of Them. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Baingana, Doreen. Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe. 2005.

Banks, Russell. The Darling. 2004.
     Also available: CD

Bowles, Paul. The Sheltering Sky. 1977.

Brink, André. Other Lives: A Novel in Three Parts. 2008.

Caputo, Philip. Acts of Faith. 2005.

Chilson, Peter. Disturbance-Loving Species. 2007.

Cleave, Chris. Little Bee. 2009. 
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace. 1999. 

Courtenay, Bryce. The Power of One. 1989.
     Also available: eAudiobook

DeSoto, Lewis. A Blade of Grass. 2003.

Dongala, Emmanuel. Johnny Mad Dog. 2005.

Eggers, Dave. What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Ford,  MacKenzie. The Clouds Beneath the Sun. 2009.

Gordimer, Nadine. None to Accompany Me. 1994.

Hamilton, Masha. The Camel Bookmobile. 2007.

Iweala, Uzodinma. Beasts of No Nation. 2005.

Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible. 1998.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Le Carré, John. The Constant Gardener. 2001.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Leante Chacón, Luis R. See How Much I Love You. 2009.

Malarkey, Tucker. An Obvious Enchantment. 2000.

Mankell, Henning. The White Lioness. 1998. (Mystery MAN)

McCall Smith, Alexander. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. 1998. (Adult Mystery MCC).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Meyer, Deon. Blood Safari. 2007.

Naipaul, V.S. Half a Life. 2001.
     Also available: Large Type

Nuruddin, Farah. Knots. 2007.

Okri, Ben. The Famished Road. 1992.

Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. 1948.
     Also available: CD

Rush, Norman. Mortals. 2003.

Stone, Sarah. The True Sources of the Nile. 2002.

Van Niekerk, Marlene. Agaat. 2010.

Verghese, Abraham. Cutting for Stone. 2009.
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook, eReader

Zweig, Stefanie. Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel. 2004.

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Nonfiction Books

Benanav, Michael. Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold. 2006. (916.604 B).

Bixler, Mark. The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience. 2005. (325.2109624 B).

Campbell, Greg. Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones. 2002. (966.404 C).
     Also available: CD

Caputo, Philip. Ghosts of Tsavo: Stalking the Mystery Lions of East Africa. 2002.
(599.757 C).

Carlin, John. Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation. 2008. (968.065 C).

Deng, Alephonsion. They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan. 2005. (962.4043 D).

Fuller, Alexandra. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. 2001. (968.9104 F).

Godwin, Peter. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa. 2007. (B G5924.wh).

Gourevitch, Philip. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. 1999. (364.1510967 G).

Greene, Melissa Fay. There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children. 2006. (362.732 G).
     Also available: CD

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan. Infidel. 2007. (949.2073092 H).
     Also available: CD, Digital Player

Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. 1998. (967.5 H).

Hunter-Gault, Charlayne. New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance. 2006. (968 H).

Irivuzumugabe, Eric. My Father, Maker of the Trees: How I Survived the Rwandan Genocide. 2009. (967.571043 H).

Jones, Ann. Looking for Lovedu: Days and Nights in Africa. 2001. (916.04329 J).

Kapuściński, Ryszard. The Shadow of the Sun. 2001. (960.32 K).

Lamb, Christina. House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-torn Zimbabwe. 2007. (968.91051  L).

Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. 1994.
(B M2712.Lo).

Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed: A Memoir. 2006. (333.72092 M).

Meredith, Martin, Diamonds, Gold and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa. 2007. (968.0481 M).

Theroux, Paul. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. 2003. (916.04329 T).
     Also available: CD

Tucker, Neely. Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir. 2004. (362.734 T).
     Also available: CD

Wooten, James T. We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy’s Courage and a Mother’s Love. 2004. (362.1969792 W).

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