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Africa

1986    456 pages    (Indiana University Press)

DDC: 960    LCC: DT3

OCLC: 13269772    ISBN 13: 9780253203922    ISBN 10: 0253203929

Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1977, Africa has established itself as the most popular introductory text for African studies courses in North America. This third edition has been completely revised and brought up to date since the 1986 edition, reflecting changes in African society and politics, and in the scholarship available on this vast and complex continent.ContentsI. Introduction1. Africa: Problems and Perspectives. Phyllis M. Martin and Patrick O'Meara2. The [...]

Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1977, Africa has established itself as the most popular introductory text for African studies courses in North America. This third edition has been completely revised and brought up to date since the 1986 edition, reflecting changes in African society and politics, and in the scholarship available on this vast and complex continent.ContentsI. Introduction1. Africa: Problems and Perspectives. Phyllis M. Martin and Patrick O'Meara2. The Contemporary Map of Africa. Michael L. McNultyII. The African Past3. Prehistoric Africa. Kathy D. Schick4. Aspects of Early African History. John Lamphear and Toyin Falola5. Islam and African Societies. John H. Hanson6. Africa and Europe before 1900. Curtis A. Keim7. The Colonial Era. Sheldon Gellar8. Decolonization, Independence, and the Failure of Politics. Edmond J. KellerIII. Society and Culture9. Social Organization in Africa. John C. McCall10. Economic Life in African Villages and Towns. Mahir Saul11. African Systems of Thought. Ivan Karp12. African Art. Patrick McNaughton and Diane Pelrine13. African Music Performed. Ruth M. Stone14. Popular Culture in Urban Africa. Dele Jegede15. African Literature. Eileen Julien16. Social Change in Contemporary Africa. Claire Robertson17. Law and Society in Contemporary Africa. Takyiwaa ManuhIV. Economics and Politics18. African Politics since Independence. N. Brian Winchester19. Economic Change in Contemporary Africa. Sara Berry20. The African Development Crisis. Richard Stryker and Stephen N. Ndegwa21. South Africa. C. R. D. Halisi and Patrick O'MearaAfricana Resources for Undergraduates: A Bibliographic Essay. Nancy J. Schmidt [less]

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Africans: A Triple Heritage, The

Ali A. Mazrui

1986    368 pages    (BBC Books)

DDC: 960    LCC: DT14

OCLC: 14080117    ISBN 13: 9780563202820    ISBN 10: 0563202823

Reference book documenting the an overview of slavery.

Reference book documenting the an overview of slavery. [less]

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All the Cats of Cairo

Inda Schaenen

2007    225 pages    (Brown Barn Books)

LCC: PZ7.S3324

OCLC: 71237260    ISBN 13: 9780976812654    ISBN 10: 0976812657

The old woman's gift-a small bronze figurine of the ancient Egyptian cat-goddess Bastet-is fine, but why does it grow hot in Maggie's hand? And why, everywhere she goes in Cairo with her artist father and diplomat mother, does Maggie see cats? Do they have some connection to Bastet, goddess of balance and abundance? Now a factory is about to be built on the site of the goddess's temple. These plans would destroy the tombs of the ancient sacred cats, mummified thousands of years ago. Needing help [...]

The old woman's gift-a small bronze figurine of the ancient Egyptian cat-goddess Bastet-is fine, but why does it grow hot in Maggie's hand? And why, everywhere she goes in Cairo with her artist father and diplomat mother, does Maggie see cats? Do they have some connection to Bastet, goddess of balance and abundance? Now a factory is about to be built on the site of the goddess's temple. These plans would destroy the tombs of the ancient sacred cats, mummified thousands of years ago. Needing help to restore good to Egypt in the modern world, the goddess has awakened angry from her millennia-long sleep. Is Bastet mysteriously speaking to Maggie through her disciples, the myriad of cats wandering freely through the streets, cemeteries, markets and mosques of modern Cairo? If so, Maggie must take action to protect the tombs. But what can Maggie do? She doesn't speak much Arabic, and she doesn't know her way around Cairo. With determination and the aid of an Egyptian boy she has befriended, Maggie must battle powerful enemies--some strange, some all-too-familiar--that are set upon destroying the very life force of Egypt and her children. [less]

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Chanda's Secrets

Allan Stratton

2004    200 pages    (Annick Press)

DDC: 813.54    LCC: PR9199.3.S835

OCLC: 53252532    ISBN 13: 9781550378344    ISBN 10: 1550378341

An unforgettable novel about family, loyalty and survival in sub-Saharan Africa -- now a major motion picture. Chanda's Secrets was first published in 2004 to extraordinary international acclaim. It won the Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in YA Literature, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults selection and, in France, was a finalist for the Prix Sorcières. It has now been made into a major motion picture, under the name Life, Above All. The film received a 10-minute [...]

An unforgettable novel about family, loyalty and survival in sub-Saharan Africa -- now a major motion picture. Chanda's Secrets was first published in 2004 to extraordinary international acclaim. It won the Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in YA Literature, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults selection and, in France, was a finalist for the Prix Sorcières. It has now been made into a major motion picture, under the name Life, Above All. The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and was honored with the prestigious Prix Francois Chalais. To coincide with the film's North American release by Sony Classics, the cover of this new reprint features a poignant still from the movie. "No-one can read Chanda's Secrets and remain untouched." -- Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and current chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and co-director of AIDS-Free World "The message about overcoming ignorance and shame and confronting the facts is ever-present, but the tense story and the realistic characters . . . will keep kids reading and break the silence about the tragedy." -- Booklist (starred review) "Smart and determined, Chanda is a character whom readers come to care for and believe in, in spite of her almost impossible situation. The details of sub-Saharan African life are convincing and smoothly woven into this moving story of poverty and courage, but the real insight for readers will be the appalling treatment of the AIDS victims." -- School library Journal (starred review) [less]

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Efuru (Heinemann African Writers Series)

Flora Nwapa

1966    288 pages    (Heinemann)

DDC: 823.914    LCC: PR9387.9.N92

OCLC: 27123737    ISBN 13: 9780435900267    ISBN 10: 0435900269

Flora Nwapa's first novel plants her story firmly in the world of women, where Efuru, beautiful and respected, is loved and deserted by two ordinary, undistinguished husbands.

Flora Nwapa's first novel plants her story firmly in the world of women, where Efuru, beautiful and respected, is loved and deserted by two ordinary, undistinguished husbands. [less]

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Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa, The

Alexander McCall Smith

2004    208 pages    (Pantheon)

DDC: 398.089963989    LCC: GR358.62.N34

OCLC: 55657342    LCCN: 2004052231    ISBN 13: 9780375423123    ISBN 10: 0375423125

Gathered here is a beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This treasury contains most of the stories previously collected in Children of Wax and seven new tales from the Setswana-speaking people of Botswana. A girl discovers that her young husband might actually be a lion in disguise, but not before they have two sons who might actually be cubs . . . When a child made of wax follows his [...]

Gathered here is a beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This treasury contains most of the stories previously collected in Children of Wax and seven new tales from the Setswana-speaking people of Botswana. A girl discovers that her young husband might actually be a lion in disguise, but not before they have two sons who might actually be cubs . . . When a child made of wax follows his curiosity outside into the heat of daylight and melts, his siblings shape him into a bird with feathers made of leaves that enable him to fly into the light . . . Talking hyenas, milk-giving birds, clever cannibals who nonetheless get their comeuppance, and mysterious forces that reside in the landscape—these wonderful fables bring us the wealth, the variety, and the particular magic of traditional African lore. [less]

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Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience, The

Wangari Muta Maathai

2003    117 pages    (Lantern Books)

DDC: 333.75153096762    LCC: SB435.6.K4

OCLC: 50291066    LCCN: 2002012116    ISBN 13: 9781590560402    ISBN 10: 0159056040

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya in 1940. In 1960, she won a Kennedy scholarship to study in America and earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and became the first woman in East Africa to earn a Ph.D. Returning to Kenya in 1966, Wangari Maathai was shocked at the degradation of the forests and the farmland caused by deforestation. Heavy rains had washed away much of the topsoil, silt was clogging the rivers, and fertilizers were depriving the [...]

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya in 1940. In 1960, she won a Kennedy scholarship to study in America and earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and became the first woman in East Africa to earn a Ph.D. Returning to Kenya in 1966, Wangari Maathai was shocked at the degradation of the forests and the farmland caused by deforestation. Heavy rains had washed away much of the topsoil, silt was clogging the rivers, and fertilizers were depriving the soil of nutrients. Wangari decided to solve the problem by planting trees. Under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya, of which she was chairwoman from 1981 to 1987, she introduced the idea of planting trees through citizen foresters in 1976, and called this new organization the Green Belt Movement (GBM). She continued to develop GBM into broad-based, grassroots organization whose focus was women’s groups planting of trees in order to conserve the environment and improve their quality of life. Through the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai has assisted women in planting more than 20 million trees on their farms and on schools and church compounds in Kenya and all over East Africa. In Africa, as in many parts of the world, women are responsible for meals and collecting firewood. Increasing deforestation has not only meant increasing desertification, but it has also meant that women have had to travel further and further afield in order to collect the firewood. This in turn has led to women spending less time around the home, tending to crops, and looking after their children. By staying closer to home, earning income from sustainably harvesting the fruit and timber from trees, women not only can be more productive, they can provide stability in the home. They can also create time for education opportunities—whether for themselves or their children. This virtuous circle of empowerment through conservation is serving as a model throughout the world, where women both individually and collectively are entrusted with money and material to invest it in ways that make a difference to their daily lives. Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement is a great example of how one person can turn around the lives of thousands, if not millions of others, by empowering others to change their situation. Wangari’s road to success was by no means easy. During the 1970s and 1980s, she came under increasing scrutiny from the government of Daniel arap Moi. She was frequently the target of vilification from the government, as well as subject to outright attacks and imprisonment. She refused to compromise her belief that the people were best trusted to look after their natural resources, as opposed to the corrupt cronies of the government, who were given whole swathes of public land, which they then despoiled. In January 2003, Wangari Maathai was elected by an overwhelming margin to Parliament, where she is the Assistant Secretary for Environnment, Wildlife, and Natural Resources in the democratically elected Kibaki government. Even though she is now being protected by the very same soldiers who once arrested her, her voice on behalf of the environment is still strong and determined. In The Green Belt Movement, founder Wangari Maathai tells its story: why it started, how it operates, and where it is going. She includes the philosophy behind it, its challenges and objectives, and the specific steps involved in starting a similar grassroots environmental and social justice organization. The Green Belt Movement is the inspiring story of people working at the grassroots level to improve their environment and their country. Their story offers ideas about a new and hopeful future for Africa and the rest of the world. [less]

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Joys of Motherhood, The

Buchi Emecheta

1979    224 pages    (George Braziller)

DDC: 823.914    LCC: PR9387.9.E36

OCLC: 4515411    ISBN 13: 9780807609507    ISBN 10: 0807609501

"A rich, multilayered work of fiction, full of drama and written with deceptive simplicity."—EssenceNnu Ego, a hard-working, optimistic Ibo woman, remains fiercely determined to save her children from the devastation of war, the erosion of village life, and the breakdown of tradition.

"A rich, multilayered work of fiction, full of drama and written with deceptive simplicity."—EssenceNnu Ego, a hard-working, optimistic Ibo woman, remains fiercely determined to save her children from the devastation of war, the erosion of village life, and the breakdown of tradition. [less]

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Land and People of Zimbabwe (Portraits of the Nations Series), The

Patricia Cheney

1990    242 pages    (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

DDC: 968.9105    LCC: DT962

OCLC: 20056286    LCCN: 89036244    ISBN 13: 9780397323937    ISBN 10: 039732393X

An introduction to the history, geography, economy, culture, and people of Zimbabwe.

An introduction to the history, geography, economy, culture, and people of Zimbabwe. [less]

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Mzungu Boy, The

Meja Mwangi

2006    152 pages    (Groundwood Books)

DDC: 823.914    LCC: PZ7.M9744

OCLC: 56920621    ISBN 13: 9780888996640    ISBN 10: 0888996640

For Kariuki, life in a small village in Kenya is one great adventure. The best part of his day is the walk home from school, when he is free from both his bullying headmaster and his mother’s long list of chores. The landscape around his village is beautifully wild, and Kariuki knows it well. One day Kariuki meets Nigel, a boy from England who has come to visit his grandfather, the fearsome Bwana Ruin, who owns the farm where the villagers work. The villagers call Nigel the mzungu boy ( [...]

For Kariuki, life in a small village in Kenya is one great adventure. The best part of his day is the walk home from school, when he is free from both his bullying headmaster and his mother’s long list of chores. The landscape around his village is beautifully wild, and Kariuki knows it well. One day Kariuki meets Nigel, a boy from England who has come to visit his grandfather, the fearsome Bwana Ruin, who owns the farm where the villagers work. The villagers call Nigel the mzungu boy (westerner), and view him with suspicion and fear, but not Kariuki.One day the boys decide to hunt down the meanest warthog in the forest. The hunt takes them deeper into the jungle than Kariuki has ever gone, and all at once his beloved forest becomes a frightening place. Dangerous creatures live in the jungle, including the mau-mau, the men with guns who are plotting against Bwana Ruin and the white soldiers. And when Nigel suddenly disappears, will Kariuki be able to save his friend?In this novel, the author captures a time of innocence, wild beauty, and the growing violence that eventually changed the entire structure of colonial Africa. [less]

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No More Strangers Now

DK Publishing

1998    112 pages    (DK CHILDREN)

LCC: PZ7.R2101325

OCLC: 38286631    LCCN: 98011526    ISBN 13: 9780789425249    ISBN 10: 0789425246

"In South Africa we are learning to heal through the telling of stories like these, for it is only through telling that we heal." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu Through powerful personal narratives and photographs, this remarkable book brings together twelve South African teenagers whose distinct voices illuminate their experiences under apartheid and the joyous yet challenging years of freedom since. In their own words, these teens reveal what it was like to grow up in a country bitterly [...]

"In South Africa we are learning to heal through the telling of stories like these, for it is only through telling that we heal." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu Through powerful personal narratives and photographs, this remarkable book brings together twelve South African teenagers whose distinct voices illuminate their experiences under apartheid and the joyous yet challenging years of freedom since. In their own words, these teens reveal what it was like to grow up in a country bitterly divided by racial separation, violence, and poverty. Eighteen-year-old Bandile Mashinini tells of police breaking down his door night after night because of his family's outspoken resistance to apartheid. Sixteen-year-old Ricardo Thando Tollie speaks of living in a tin shack only a few miles from the elegant houses of white suburbs. And fifteen-year-old Leandra Jansen van Vuuren describes her isolated childhood as a white South African, taught only to fear and mistrust people with skin darker than her own. But here, too, are stories of hope; of a willingness to reach out, to forgive, and to heal. Although they speak with a diverse range of voices, experiences, and attitudes, these young people are united in the belief that the new South Africa will truly be different from the one they have known. Their lives stand testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit and to a country's ability to redefine itself. [less]

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Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS

Deborah Ellis

2005    112 pages    (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

DDC: 362.19697920096    LCC: RA643.86.A35

OCLC: 60602214    ISBN 13: 9781550419122    ISBN 10: 1550419129

Stories of survival.Songs of hope.Children you'll never forget. In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are more than 11.5 million orphans. The AIDS pandemic has claimed their parents, their aunts, and their uncles. What is life like for these children? Who do they care for, and who cares for them?Come and meet them. They might surprise you.Royalties from this book will be donated to UNICEFAwards and Nominations:Winner, Book Link Best Book for the Classroom, 2005Winner, School Library Journal Best Book of [...]

Stories of survival.Songs of hope.Children you'll never forget. In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are more than 11.5 million orphans. The AIDS pandemic has claimed their parents, their aunts, and their uncles. What is life like for these children? Who do they care for, and who cares for them?Come and meet them. They might surprise you.Royalties from this book will be donated to UNICEFAwards and Nominations:Winner, Book Link Best Book for the Classroom, 2005Winner, School Library Journal Best Book of 2005Finalist, 2006 Information Book AwardRunner-up, National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award for 20052006 Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award short list2006 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction finalistRed Maple Award for Non-fiction shortlist, 2007Garden State Teen Book Awards nominee 2008 [less]

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So Long a Letter (African Writers)

Mariama Ba

2008    96 pages    (Heinemann)

DDC: 843    LCC: PQ3989.2.B23

OCLC: 191890632    ISBN 13: 9780435913526    ISBN 10: 0435913522

Written by Mariama ba and translated from the French by Modupe Bode-Thomas, So Long a Letter won the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and was recognised as one of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century in an initiative organised by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. This edition includes an introduction by Professor Kenneth W. Harrow of Michigan State University.

Written by Mariama ba and translated from the French by Modupe Bode-Thomas, So Long a Letter won the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and was recognised as one of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century in an initiative organised by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. This edition includes an introduction by Professor Kenneth W. Harrow of Michigan State University. [less]

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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

209 pages    (Anchor)

DDC: 823    LCC: PR9387.9.A3

OCLC: 30111784    LCCN: 94013429    ISBN 13: 9780385474542    ISBN 10: 0385474547

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by [...]

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. [less]

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Unbowed: A Memoir (Vintage)

Wangari Maathai

2007    368 pages    (Anchor)

DDC: 333.72092    LCC: SB63.M22

OCLC: 148836512    LCCN: 2009417070    ISBN 13: 9780307275202    ISBN 10: 0307275205

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’ [...]

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai’s remarkable story of courage, faith, and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come. [less]

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Weep Not, Child (Macmillan Readers)

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Margaret Tarner

2005    96 pages    (Macmillan Education)

DDC: 823    LCC: PR9381.9.N45

OCLC: 70830501    ISBN 13: 9781405073318    ISBN 10: 1405073314

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Wonders of the African World

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

1999    288 pages    (Knopf)

DDC: 960    LCC: DT14

OCLC: 40813398    LCCN: 99018496    ISBN 13: 9780375402357    ISBN 10: 0375402357

The Companion Volume to the PBS Television SeriesWonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve countries in search of Africa's magnificent past, the now neglected civilizations that in their day were as grand and sophisticated as any on the face of the earth. From [...]

The Companion Volume to the PBS Television SeriesWonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve countries in search of Africa's magnificent past, the now neglected civilizations that in their day were as grand and sophisticated as any on the face of the earth. From Nubia's ancient empire, which for a time ruled Egypt and centuries before had established the earliest known African city, to the fabled town of Timbuktu, where during the medieval period there thrived a center of scholars that rivaled any in Europe and where books were as prized as gold, to Ethiopia's Christian kingdom, where the Lost Ark of the Covenant is said to reside under perpetual vigil, Gates reveals an Africa little known to Westerners. And as he shows us the achievements that exploiters of the continent have ignored or denied for centuries, he introduces us as well to the fascinating variety of modern-day Africans, many of whom are descended from the great peoples who built Africa's most formidable cultures, including the Asante, the Swahili, the Tuareg, and the Shona.As Gates's compelling narrative shows, the continent's past continues to be felt in the lives of many Africans today. And in America for the descendants of those brought here as slaves, that past has been a controversial inheritance, passionately embraced by some, fiercely rejected by others. For this reason, Gates's deeply personal account of discovery is charged throughout by a question posed by Countee Cullen in his 1925 poem "Heritage" and perennially asked by African Americans: What is Africa to me? Finally, though, it is the wisdom of this book that the legacy of Africa?no less than that of Greece or Rome?belongs to all the world's civilized peoples. Illustrated with spectacular full-page photographs specially commissioned from the internationally acclaimed Lynn Davis, Wonders of the African World is Africa as we have never known or seen it before.With 66 photographs by Lynn Davis, 132 illustrations in black-and-white and full color, and 7 full-color maps [less]

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African American Holiday of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community & Culture, The

Maulana Karenga

1989    116 pages    (Univ of Sankore Pr)

DDC: 394.268    LCC: GT4403

OCLC: 19130829    ISBN 13: 9780943412092    ISBN 10: 0943412099

Book by Karenga, Maulana

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Children of Promise: African-American Literature and Art for Young People

Charles Sullivan

1991    128 pages    (Harry N. Abrams)

DDC: 700.8996073    LCC: PZ5

OCLC: 23143247    LCCN: 91007566    ISBN 13: 9780810931701    ISBN 10: 0810931702

Nearly 100 specially chosen poems, songs, and text excerpts vividly evoke the African-American experience for young readers. The illustrations include historical photographs as well as reproductions of paintings and sculptures by Jacob Lawrence, Horace Pippin, Ben Shahn, Henry O. Tanner, and Romare Bearden.

Nearly 100 specially chosen poems, songs, and text excerpts vividly evoke the African-American experience for young readers. The illustrations include historical photographs as well as reproductions of paintings and sculptures by Jacob Lawrence, Horace Pippin, Ben Shahn, Henry O. Tanner, and Romare Bearden. [less]

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Discovering Christopher Columbus: How History Is Invented

Kathy Pelta

1991    112 pages    (Lerner Publishing Group)

DDC: 970.015    LCC: C726P

OCLC: 22810085    LCCN: 90024165    ISBN 13: 9780822548997    ISBN 10: 0822548992

A biography of Christopher Columbus with emphasis on how historians have worked and are still working to find out the truth about his life and discoveries.

A biography of Christopher Columbus with emphasis on how historians have worked and are still working to find out the truth about his life and discoveries. [less]

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Paddle to the Arctic: The Incredible Story of a Kayak Quest Across the Roof of the World

Don Starkell

1995    304 pages    (McClelland & Stewart)

DDC: 910.916327    LCC: GV788.5

OCLC: 34091736    LCCN: 96109939    ISBN 13: 9780771082399    ISBN 10: 0771082398

Book by Starkell, Don

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Sweetgrass Basket

Marlene Carvell

2005    256 pages    (Dutton Books for Young Readers)

LCC: PZ7.C2535

OCLC: 56876510    ISBN 13: 9780525475477    ISBN 10: 0525475478

In prose poetry and alternating voices, Marlene Carvell weaves a heartbreakingly beautiful story based on the real-life experiences of Native American children. Mattie and Sarah are two Mohawk sisters who are sent to an off-reservation school after the death of their mother. Subject to intimidation and corporal punishment, with little hope of contact with their father, the girls are taught menial tasks to prepare them for life as domestics. How Mattie and Sarah protect their culture, memories of [...]

In prose poetry and alternating voices, Marlene Carvell weaves a heartbreakingly beautiful story based on the real-life experiences of Native American children. Mattie and Sarah are two Mohawk sisters who are sent to an off-reservation school after the death of their mother. Subject to intimidation and corporal punishment, with little hope of contact with their father, the girls are taught menial tasks to prepare them for life as domestics. How Mattie and Sarah protect their culture, memories of their family life, and their love for each other makes for a powerful, unforgettable historical novel. [less]

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Totem Poles (An Altitude Superguide)

Pat Kramer

1995    96 pages    (Altitude Pub Canada Ltd)

DDC: 731.7   

OCLC: 755680424    ISBN 13: 9781551530444    ISBN 10: 1551530449

A complete guide to the iconography, creation, stories and people behind these incredible Native structures that are found throughout western Canada and the Pacific northwest.

A complete guide to the iconography, creation, stories and people behind these incredible Native structures that are found throughout western Canada and the Pacific northwest. [less]

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Anpao an American Indian Odyssey

Jamake Highwater

1980    (Harpercollins Publisher)

DDC: 398.2097    LCC: E98.F6

OCLC: 6855624    ISBN 13: 9780060907624    ISBN 10: 0060907622

Anpao is young and Handsome and Brave - a man any maiden would be proud to call her husband. Any maiden but Ko-Ko-Mik-e-is, that is, who calims she belongs to the Sun alone. And so Anpao sets off for the house of the Sun to ask permission to marry the woman he loves. But Anpao's journey is not an easy one. Before he can reach the Sun, Anapao must travel back in time to the dawn of the world. He must relive his own creation, venture through The World Beneath the World, and battle the many magical [...]

Anpao is young and Handsome and Brave - a man any maiden would be proud to call her husband. Any maiden but Ko-Ko-Mik-e-is, that is, who calims she belongs to the Sun alone. And so Anpao sets off for the house of the Sun to ask permission to marry the woman he loves. But Anpao's journey is not an easy one. Before he can reach the Sun, Anapao must travel back in time to the dawn of the world. He must relive his own creation, venture through The World Beneath the World, and battle the many magical mystical creatures of Native American legends. For only by doing so can Anpao discover who he really is, and rove to the Sun why he alone is worthy of the fair Ko-komik-e-is [less]

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel

Dai Sijie

2002    184 pages    (Anchor)

DDC: 843.92    LCC: PQ2664.A437

OCLC: 50946830    ISBN 13: 9780385722209    ISBN 10: 0385722206

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and [...]

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the two friends find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined. [less]

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Bright Clouds

Hao Jan

(1974)

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Bright Red Star

Li Hsin-Tien

1947   

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Ch'i-lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories (Sunburst Book), The

Linda Fang

1997    144 pages    (Square Fish)

DDC: 398.20951    LCC: PZ8.1.F19

OCLC: 39199307    LCCN: 94009909    ISBN 13: 9780374411893    ISBN 10: 0374411891

A Storytelling World magazine award winnerIn turns funny, poignant, and wise, these nine lively stories are peopled with an array of unusual characters, including a young woman raised as a boy who is then faced with the complicated business of marriage; a carp-fish spirit who changes herself into a young woman for love's sake; a Miracle Doctor who can cure all illnesses except one; and a shopkeeper who learns the hard way the true meaning of justice.

A Storytelling World magazine award winnerIn turns funny, poignant, and wise, these nine lively stories are peopled with an array of unusual characters, including a young woman raised as a boy who is then faced with the complicated business of marriage; a carp-fish spirit who changes herself into a young woman for love's sake; a Miracle Doctor who can cure all illnesses except one; and a shopkeeper who learns the hard way the true meaning of justice. [less]

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China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution

Da Chen

2003    213 pages    (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

DDC: 951    LCC: CT1828.C5214

OCLC: 51796264    ISBN 13: 9780385730501    ISBN 10: 0385730500

A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.Da Chen was born in China in 1962. The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China. In school, Da was an excellent student until a teacher told him that, because of his “family’s crimes,” he could never be more than a poor farmer. Feeling his fate was hopeless, Da responded by dropping [...]

A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.Da Chen was born in China in 1962. The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China. In school, Da was an excellent student until a teacher told him that, because of his “family’s crimes,” he could never be more than a poor farmer. Feeling his fate was hopeless, Da responded by dropping out and hanging around with a gang. However, after Mao’s death, Da realized that an education and college might be possible, but he had to make up for the time he’d wasted. He began to study–all day and into the night. His entire family rallied to help him succeed, working long hours in the rice fields and going into debt to ensure that Da would have an education. When the final exam results were posted, he had one of the highest scores in the region and had earned a place at the prestigious Beijing University. Now his family’s past would not harm their future.From the Hardcover edition. [less]

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Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society

Adeline Yen Mah

2006    256 pages    (HarperCollins)

DDC: 979.40049510092    LCC: CT275.M45115

OCLC: 78206970    ISBN 13: 9780060567361    ISBN 10: 0060567368

The future belongs to you. Should anyone insult you, tell yourself this: I am a child of destiny who will unite East and West and change the world.After enduring abuse at the hands of her cruel stepmother, Chinese Cinderella (CC) seeks refuge at a martial-arts school and joins a secret dragon society.Under the guidance of Grandma Wu, CC is introduced to the exciting world of espionage as a part of the Chinese Resistance movement. And when CC and her new comrades take on a daring mission to [...]

The future belongs to you. Should anyone insult you, tell yourself this: I am a child of destiny who will unite East and West and change the world.After enduring abuse at the hands of her cruel stepmother, Chinese Cinderella (CC) seeks refuge at a martial-arts school and joins a secret dragon society.Under the guidance of Grandma Wu, CC is introduced to the exciting world of espionage as a part of the Chinese Resistance movement. And when CC and her new comrades take on a daring mission to rescue a crew of WWII American airmen, they prove that true bravery knows no age barrier. [less]

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Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

Adeline Yen Mah

2001    240 pages    (Laurel Leaf)

DDC: 979.40049510092    LCC: CT275.M45115

OCLC: 46365294    ISBN 13: 9780440228653    ISBN 10: 0440228654

A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father [...]

A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family.Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a moving telling of the classic Cinderella story, with Adeline Yen Mah providing her own courageous voice. [less]

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Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl, The

Ma Yan, Pierre Haski

2009    192 pages    (HarperCollins)

DDC: 951.05908352    LCC: CT1828.M34

OCLC: 55939917    ISBN 13: 9780060764982    ISBN 10: 0060764988

"I'm so hungry, I could eat anything. Anything at all."In a drought-stricken corner of rural China, an education can be the difference between a life of crushing poverty and the chance for a better future. But for Ma Yan, money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren't always enough to pay school fees . . . or even to provide enough food for herself and her family.Ma Yan's heart-wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship [...]

"I'm so hungry, I could eat anything. Anything at all."In a drought-stricken corner of rural China, an education can be the difference between a life of crushing poverty and the chance for a better future. But for Ma Yan, money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren't always enough to pay school fees . . . or even to provide enough food for herself and her family.Ma Yan's heart-wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling. Its publication was an international sensation, creating an outpouring of support for this courageous teenager and others like her . . . all due to one ordinary girl's extraordinary diary. [less]

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Dragon's Village: An Autobiographical Novel of Revolutionary China, The

Yuan-tsung Chen

1981    304 pages    (Penguin Books)

DDC: 823    LCC: PS3553.H3493

OCLC: 7171449    LCCN: 80027463    ISBN 13: 9780140058116    ISBN 10: 0140058117

Seventeen-year-old Ling-ling joins a revolutionary theater group carrying out reforms in the Chinese countryside in 1949 and amid tumultous events, she grows toward maturity.

Seventeen-year-old Ling-ling joins a revolutionary theater group carrying out reforms in the Chinese countryside in 1949 and amid tumultous events, she grows toward maturity. [less]

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Four Sisters of Hofei: A History

Annping Chin

2004    384 pages    (Scribner)

DDC: 920.051225    LCC: CT3710

OCLC: 49901849    ISBN 13: 9780743244664    ISBN 10: 0743244664

The true story of four sisters born between 1907 and 1914 in China, Four Sisters of Hofei is an intimate encounter with history. The Chang sisters lived through a period of astounding change and into the twenty-first century. Unusual opportunities and an extraordinary family education launched them into varied worlds -- those of the theater, modern literature, classical studies, and calligraphy -- but their collective experience offers a cohesive portrait of a land in transition. With the [...]

The true story of four sisters born between 1907 and 1914 in China, Four Sisters of Hofei is an intimate encounter with history. The Chang sisters lived through a period of astounding change and into the twenty-first century. Unusual opportunities and an extraordinary family education launched them into varied worlds -- those of the theater, modern literature, classical studies, and calligraphy -- but their collective experience offers a cohesive portrait of a land in transition. With the benefit of letters, diaries, poetry, and interviews, writer and historian Annping Chin shapes the Chang sisters' stories into a composite history steeped in China's artistic tradition and intertwined with the political unrest and social revolutions of the twentieth century. [less]

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Journalism from Tianenmen

Gannett Foundation Fellows

1990   

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Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980's

Emily Honig, Gail Hershatter

1988    400 pages    (Stanford University Press)

DDC: 305.4    LCC: HQ1767.H65

OCLC: 16523927    LCCN: 87018013    ISBN 13: 9780804714310    ISBN 10: 0804714312

Dramatic and far-reaching changes have occurred in the lives of Chinese women in the years since the death of Mao and the fall of the Gang of Four During the decade of the Cultural Revolution, attention to personal life was regarded as 'bourgeois'; in the post-Mao decade, abrupt turns in public policy made discussion of personal life imperative, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the debate about the role of women in Chinese society. This book is based on extensive personal [...]

Dramatic and far-reaching changes have occurred in the lives of Chinese women in the years since the death of Mao and the fall of the Gang of Four During the decade of the Cultural Revolution, attention to personal life was regarded as 'bourgeois'; in the post-Mao decade, abrupt turns in public policy made discussion of personal life imperative, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the debate about the role of women in Chinese society. This book is based on extensive personal viewing of urban women and study of contemporary literature and articles in the periodical press that touched on the problems of rural women. It is not only about the changes in women's lives but also about the excitement, confusion, and anxieties that Chinese women express as they contemplate the future of their society and their own place in it. Each chapter is devoted to one aspect of women's Lives: girlhood, adornment and sexuality, courtship, marriage, family relations, divorce, work, violence against women, and gender inequality. Giving a personal dimension to the issues discussed, the chapters close with a rich sampling of excerpts from the newly thriving women's press and other contemporary publications. Although many women in China still suffer discrimination in working life and mistreatment in the family, they can now raise questions that would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. Most notably, they can and do use the press to voice complaints, expose injustices, seek advice, and support or deplore the social changes of the 1980's. [less]

 
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