Mali Blues, Traveling to an African beat
by Lieve Joris, 1998
Chronicles of Mauritania, Mali and Senegal in the midst of upheaval and transition observed during the author’s trek from the capital to the remote village of Nema.
Singing Away the Hunger, Autobiography of an African Woman
by Mpho ‘M’atsepo Nthunya, 1996
A gripping memoir of youth in Basutoland, schooling in South Africa, coping with racism and 30 years as domestic servant.
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria, How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart & a Third World Adventure Changed My Life
by Eve Brown-Waite, 2009
A humorous and moving account of PCV in Ecuador in late 1980s.
A Promise in Haiti
by Mark Curnutte, 2011
A reporter chronicles the devastating poverty and havoc of earthquakes and hurricanes, and his involvement in people’s struggles and triumphs.
From Harvey River, A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island
by Lorna Goodison, 2007
Poet & daughter of a prominent Jamaican family contrasts her idyllic childhood with the “hard life” in Kingston after her marriage.
Bright Lights, No City
by Max Alexander, 2012
A humorous, insightful and inspiring narrative of adventures and misadventures while running an enterprise to provide battery-operated equipment to remote villages.
Our Grandmothers’ Drums
by Mark Hudson, 1991
British journalist/critic describes his involvement in local life and rituals during 14 months spent in the Gambian village of Keneba.
by Rafe Bartholomew, 2010
Fulbright scholar/basketball fanatic tells of his time in-country and the history of the Philippines’ unlikely love affair with basketball.
Sacred Horses, The Memoirs of a Turkmen Cowboy
by Jonathan Maslow, 1994
Naturalist/filmmaker, Maslow, profiles the dedication of owners/breeders and their struggles to preserve the fabled, once endangered Akhal-Teke horses.
God Sleeps in Rwanda, A Journey of Transformation
by J. Sebarenzi, 2009
Memoir of politician/diplomat, describes the horror of 1990’s massacres and how he turned bitterness and hatred to forgiveness and compassion.
by Peter Hessler, 2006
Profile of a nation with an ancient traditional culture in the midst of a breathtaking transformation into a dynamic, modern society.
The River’s Tale
by Edward Gargan, 2002
In a legendary trip down the Mekong, a NYT correspondent profiles Cambodia, once a very troubled and impoverished nation, now grappling with technology and on-rushing modernity.
The Eighth Continent, Life, Death, and Discovery in the Lost World of Madagascar
by Peter Tyson, 2000
A rare view into one of the most diverse and fascinating places on earth.
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