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The Granta Book of the African Short Story
Dec 2015
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Genre: Anthology
Book Description:

Presenting a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya. Helon Habila focuses on younger, newer writers - contrasted with some of their older, more established peers - to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa.

These writers are characterized by their engagement with the wider world and the opportunities offered by the end of apartheid, the end of civil wars and dictatorships, and the possibilities of free movement. Their work is inspired by travel and exile. They are liberated, global and expansive. As Dambudzo Marechera wrote: 'If you're a writer for a specific nation or specific race, then f*** you." These are the stories of a new Africa, punchy, self-confident and defiant.

Includes stories by: Fatou Diome; Aminatta Forna; Manuel Rui; Patrice Nganang; Leila Aboulela; Zoƫ Wicomb; Alaa Al Aswany; Doreen Baingana; E.C. Osondu.

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Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson
Oct 2015
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Genre: Autobiography/Biography
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Chronicling Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson's life, this book explores her influence on her husband's early career and how she later achieved her own unique political voice. Chronicling Essie's eventful life, the book explores her influence on her husband's early career and how she later achieved her own unique political voice. Essie's friendships with a host of literary icons and world leaders, her renown as a fierce defender of justice, her defiant testimony before Senator Joseph McCarthy's infamous anti-communist committee, and her unconventional open marriage that endured for over 40 years?all are brought to light in the pages of this inspiring biography. Essie's indomitable personality shines through, as do her contributions to United States and twentieth-century world history.

 

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An Untamed State
Aug 2015
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Genre: Novel/Popular Fiction
Awards Won for book: Author of the Year: 2015 - Roxane Gay
Book Description:

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. Mireille is the  strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons with an adoring husband and  a precocious infant son - by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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Saint Monkey
Jun 2015
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Genre: Novel/Popular Fiction
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A stunning debut novel of two girls raised in hardship, separated by fortune, and reunited through tragedy.

 

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Going Home In Chains
May 2015
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Genre: Short Story Collection (same author)
Book Description:

Themes of coerced displacement and sexual disillusionment run through these stories as they shift between the Caribbean and America, arriving doused in magic, musicality and humor.

 

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