Best of
Africa

1995

Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman


Malidoma Patrice Somé - 1995
    The story tells of his return to his people, his hard initiation back into those people, which lead to his desire to convey their knowledge to the world. "Of Water and the Spirit" is the result of that desire; it is a sharing of living African traditions, offered in compassion for those struggling with our contemporary crisis of the spirit.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Set: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency/Tears of the Giraffe/Morality for Beautiful Girls/The Kalahari Typing School For Men/The Full Cupboard of Life


Alexander McCall Smith - 1995
    Botswana Mma Precious Ramotwse solves mysteries, caring for reputations of all involved. 1 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency2 Tears of the Giraffe3 Morality for Beautiful Girls4 The Kalahari Typing School For Men5 The Full Cupboard of Life

Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter


J. Nozipo Maraire - 1995
    Nozipo Maraire evokes the moving story of a mother reaching out to her daughter to share the lessons life has taught her and bring the two closer than ever before. Interweaving history and memories, disappointments and dreams, Zenzele tells the tales of Zimbabwe's struggle for independence and the men and women who shaped it: Zenzele's father, an outspoken activist lawyer; her aunt, a schoolteacher by day and secret guerrilla fighter by night; and her cousin, a maid and a spy.Rich with insight, history, and philosophy, Zenzele is a powerful and compelling story that is both revolutionary and revelatory--the story of one life that poignantly speaks of all lives.

Boundless Grace


Mary Hoffman - 1995
    Then he invites her to visit him and his new family in Africa, and Grace soon realizes that even in divided families, love can prove boundless. Watercolor illustrations.

A Chain of Voices


André Brink - 1995
    Galant, the van der Merwe family's chief hand, is held leader of the murderous band. Raised with the two sons of the house, it was not until adulthood and rivalry over Hester, orphaned daughter of a tenant farmer, that he realised their different roles, their unequal futures and opposed stations in life. A CHAIN OF VOICES stands as a prophetic lesson—when hopes of freedom from slavery are dashed, and when promises of equal treatment are broken, an escalating spiral of bitterness, resentment, and finally, explosive violence is inevitable.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife


Peter Alden - 1995
    This guide is packed with nearly 600 stunning color photographs of African habitats and animals, and provides a wealth of information on more than 850 species compiled by veteran safari leaders and experts in African wildlife. The parks and reserves for which the continent is famous are described in thorough detail, taking the reader on an unforgettable virtual safari.

A History of Pan-African Revolt


C.L.R. James - 1995
    African Studies. In the Introduction, Robin D. G. Kelly comments, A HISTORY OF PAN-AFRICAN REVOLT is one of those rare books that continues to strike a chord of urgency, even half a century after it was first published. Time and again, its lessons have proven to be valuable and relevant for understanding liberation movements in Africa and the diaspora. Each generation who has had the opportunity to read this small book finds new insights, new lessons, new vision for their own age....-- This new edition of James' classic, originally published in England in 1938, brings a work that previously enjoyed underground popularity to a much wider audience.

Ethiopia: The Bradt Travel Guide


Philip Briggs - 1995
    For first-time visitors, Philip Briggs supplies plenty of practical advice on how to bridge the cultural gap and plan a trouble-free trip. Heritage hotspots in a land thought to be the cradle of civilization and resting place of the Ark of the Covenant include the architecturally fascinating rock-hewn church of Lalibela, the unofficial eighth wonder of the world, and ancient palaces and staelae at Axum. Ethiopia boasts nine national parks and several wildlife sanctuaries, all of which are detailed in Philip Briggs's comprehensive text.This guide features:>Where to find some of East Africa's rarest wildlife, including the Simien wolf, walia ibex, and gelada baboon>Ethiopia's national parks and wildlife sanctuaries>Traveling the Northern Historic Circuit>Addis Ababa in detail: where to stay, eat, and drink, plus nearby sightseeing

Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela - My Prisoner, My Friend


James Gregory - 1995
    Twenty-five million blacks live under the domination of a white minority. Under the brutal regime of apartheid, blacks do not have the right to vote, freedom of movement, access to education or the right to own land, businesses or even housing. Determined to not let go of power, this white minority imprisons black leaders on Robben Island.James Gregory, a typical Afrikaner, racist and believer in the virtues of apartheid, grew up on a farm in the Transkei where he learned to speak Xhosa and Zulu languages​​. This characteristic made ​​him the ideal man for the job of prison guard on Robben Island, and was responsible for monitoring the prisoner Nelson Mandela and his comrades. This plan will, however, has twist. To learn more about Nelson Mandela, Gregory starts to question the system of apartheid and becomes progressively advocate of a free South Africa and democratic.Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, tells us, in the first person, the relationship as surprising as deep linking these two men and, through their unique friendship, we discover the awakening of a conscience.

Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies


Ernesto Sirolli - 1995
    Through "Enterprise Facilitation," depressed communities can build lasting hope and prosperity by first helping individuals recognize their talents and their business passion, and then provide the skills necessary to transform their dreams into meaningful and rewarding work.

The Black Holocaust for Beginners


S.E. Anderson - 1995
    The Black Holocaust for Beginners answers a series of questions regarding all dimensions of the Black Holocaust - from its widespread and destructive effect on African cultures through to its impact on daily life in the present.

The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale


Nancy Raines Day - 1995
    In this lively tale, a woman must pluck three whiskers from a fierce lion's chin in order to win her stepson's trust. Full color.

Too Much Talk: A West African Folktale


Angela Shelf Medearis - 1995
    And not the fisherman, whose fish declares that yams can speak. And what will the king say when he hears of all this foolish talk? (More important, what will his royal chair say?) Full of hubbub and hullabaloo, this traditional story from Ghana offers an irresistible invitation to young listeners to join the fun.

Black Ladies


Uwe Ommer - 1995
    For the aesthete Uwe Ommer, the bodies of black women represent the epitome of beauty. His photographs are exactly what they show, no more and no less than a homage to female beauty. And of course that homage is paid in the perfect setting, the stunning landscape of Africa.

Nanta's Lion: A Search And Find Adventure


Suse MacDonald - 1995
    She has heard the hunter's stories about the lion that roams the plains. She wants to see the lion for herself. Nanta slips out of her village and walks and walks but never sees the lion. Where is he? Visual clues encourage young readers to join Nanta's search. Full-color illustrations.

Rimonah of the Flashing Sword: A North African Tale


Eric A. Kimmel - 1995
    She never knew a moment's sorrow until the day her mother, the queen, died. Soon after, a cunning sorceress tricked the king into marrying her, and then, seething with jealousy, she plotted to kill Rimonah. But as Rimonah grew to be a fearless horsewoman, her goodness and bravery saved her time and again from her evil stepmother's malicious trickery. Beautiful and brave, Rimonah of the Flashing Sword is rewarded in this North African version of Snow White.

African Vodun: Art, Psychology, and Power


Suzanne Preston Blier - 1995
    The power of these images lies not only in their aesthetic, and counter-aesthetic, appeal but also in their psychological and emotional effect. As objects of fury and force, these works are intended to protect and empower people and cultures that have long been oppressed.In this first major study of its kind, Suzanne Preston Blier examines the artworks of the contemporary vodun cultures of southern Benin and Togo in West Africa as well as the related voudou traditions of Haiti, New Orleans, and historic Salem, Massachusetts. Blier employs a variety of theoretically sophisticated psychological, anthropological, and art historical approaches to explore the contrasts inherent in the vodun arts—commoners versus royalty, popular versus elite, "low" art versus "high." She examines the relation between art and the slave trade, the psychological dynamics of artistic expression, the significance of the body in sculptural expression, and indigenous perceptions of the psyche.Throughout, Blier pushes African art history to a new height of cultural awareness that recognizes the complexity of traditional African societies as it acknowledges the role of social power in shaping aesthetics and meaning generally. This book will be of critical importance not only to those concerned with African, African American, and Caribbean art, but also to anthropologists, African diaspora scholars, students of comparative religion and comparative psychology, and anyone fascinated by the traditions of voudou and vodun."An extraordinary tour de force."—Choice"Extraordinarily detailed....Blier's examination of the entire, often mysterious history of vodun is...in a word, definitive."—Booklist"A serious study that concentrates on the hidden power of objects and the meaning behind that potency is long overdue. Welcome Susan Blier's African Vodun....Certainly a must for...those concerned with the psychology of art."—Janet L. Stanley, Art Documentation"[Blier] is usually sensitive to the need to resist imposing Western artistic values and academic methodologies inappropriately upon such art. But she offers the reader a gift even more precious; she offers rare insights into how various art forms—sculpture and home architecture in particular—yield meanings for the African users of such art.—Norman Weinstein, Boston Book Review

Basali! Stories by and about Women in Lesotho


K. Limakatso Kendall - 1995
    These stories in 'Sesotho-ised' English reveal a way of life and a way of perceiving that is unique in African literature. The stores offer glimpses of traditional healers, circumcision schools, witches, bride-prices, and extended rural family life.

The Black Presence in the Bible and the Table of Nations, Genesis 10:1-32: With Emphasis on the Hamitic Genealogical Line from a Black Perspective


Walter Arthur McCray - 1995
    The Table of Nations (Volume Two) With emphasis on the Hamitic Genealogial Line from a Black Perspective-- examines the Bible's unique historiographic literary document and chapter.

A Black Corps d'Elite: An Egyptian Sudanese Conscript Battalion with the French Army in Mexico, 1863-1867, and its Survivors in Subsequent African History


Richard Leslie Hill - 1995
    As in the other case of Western hemisphere military slavery (the West India Regiments, a British unit in existence 1795-1815), the Sudanese were imported from Africa in the hopes that they would better survive the tropical diseases that so terribly afflicted European soldiers. In both cases, the Africans did indeed fulfill these expectations. The mixture of cultures embodied by this event has piqued the interest of several historians, so it is by no means unknown. Hill and Hogg provide a particularly thorough account of this exotic interlude, explaining its background, looking in detail at the battle record in Mexico, and figuring out who exactly made up the battalion. Much in their account is odd and interesting, for example, the Sudanese superiority to Austrian troops and their festive nine-day spree in Paris on the emperor's tab. The authors also assess the episode's longer-term impact on the Sudan, showing that the veterans of Mexico, having learnt much from their extended exposure to French military practices, rose quickly in the ranks, then taught these methods to others.

I Am Because We Are: Readings in Black Philosophy


Fred L. Hord - 1995
    -- Library Journal

Samuel Morris


Kjersti Hoff Báez - 1995
    Only God can perform miracles, and only a miracle can save the slave-prince Kaboo, and in doing so, change the lives of people around the world.

Yoni Netanyahu: Commando at Entebbe


Devra Newberger Speregen - 1995
    In her gripping biography Speregen introduces young readers to one of Israel’s bravest soldiers. She paints a dramatic portrait of the young man who came to embody Judaism’s highest values through his commitment to Israel and the Jewish people. Includes black and white photographs and maps.

Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity


Amina Mama - 1995
    Beyond the Masks is a readable account of black psychology, exploring key theoretical issues in race and gender. In it, Amina Mama examines the history of racist psychology, and of the implicit racism throughout the discipline. Beyond the Masks also offers an important theoretical perspective, and will appeal to all those involved with ethnic minorities, gender politics and questions of identity.