Are you ready to fall into a good book? Check out our weekly reading lists, inspired by this list from Bookish. To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection. Happy Reading!
A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk Through Gorongosa National Park by Edward O. Wilson
Featuring beautiful full-color photographs by two of the world’s best wildlife photographers, a world-renowned biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winner tells the extraordinary story of how Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was destroyed, restored and continues to evolve.
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast by Michael Scott Moore
Journalist Michael Scott Moore traveled to Africa to write about piracy, but he himself was kidnapped by Somali pirates. After 977 days of injury, starvation, isolation, and terror, his ransom was paid. Here, Moore blends personal narrative and investigative journalism in his memoir of his three-year captivity.
The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith
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 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 fables bring us the wealth, the variety, and the particular magic of traditional African lore.
In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement by John Hylan Heminway
Documents the story of the French-born member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service who became revered throughout Kenya for her treatments of hundreds of thousands of patients over half a century, sharing insights into her controversial past as a Nazi doctor and whether or not her postwar services compensated for her wartime acts. By the award-winning author of Yonder.
Tales of an African Vet by Roy Aronson
Presents the experiences of a veterinarian who has practiced in South Africa for a period of twenty-five years, describing his treatments of such wild animals as a lion, bull elephant, king cobra, rhinoceros, and crocodile, and the dangers he has encountered in his practice.
Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure by Julian Smith
Describes how the award-winning author recreated the foot journey of legendary British explorer Eward Grogan across Africa in part to secure a proposal acceptance from his future wife, revealing how Grogan’s sojourn was also performed to establish marital worthiness.