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By the Rivers of Water Book by ,

By the Rivers of Water Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2013-10-08
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 488
  • ISBN Code: 0465037690
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Summary: In late 1832, a young missionary couple sailed from the Chesapeake Bay, headed for western Africa. John Leighton Wilson and his wife, Jane, were traveling to the colony of Liberia, where they—and their fellow passengers, mostly liberated slaves and freeborn African Americans—hoped to find an alternative to the inequality of the American South. Soon after their arrival, though, conflict erupted between the settlers and their Grebo and Mpongwe neighbors, shattering the Wilsons' utopian dreams. The true nightmare, however, came when they returned to the United States. Confronting an onrushing war, the Wilsons were forced to make a terrible choice, revealing with tragic finality where—and with whom—they felt they truly belonged. A sweeping transatlantic story of good intentions and cruel consequences, By the Rivers of Water offers a humane portrait of two very different worlds, both riven by war and racial hatred and sustained by deep—and, occasionally, shared—faiths.

Beneath the Darkest Sky Book by Jason Overstreet

Beneath the Darkest Sky Book
  • Author : Jason Overstreet
  • Publisher : Dafina
  • Release Date : 2018-02-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN Code: 1496701798
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Summary: In this riveting and emotionally powerful historical drama, an ex-FBI agent plunges into the darkest shadows of 1930s Europe, where everything he loves is on the line . . . International consultant Prescott Sweet’s mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America’s imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality and continental elegance amid Europe’s glittering capitals—beyond anything he ever dared hope for. But he is still a man in hiding, from his past with the Bureau, from British Intelligence—and from his own tempting, dangerous skill at high-level espionage. So when he has the opportunity to live in Moscow and work at the American Embassy, Prescott and his family seize the chance to take refuge and at last put down roots in what they believe is a fair society. Life in Russia, however, proves to be a beautiful lie. Reduced to bare survival, with his son gravely ill, Prescott calls on all his skills in a last-ditch effort to free his family from the grips of Stalin. But between honor and expediency, salvation and atrocity, he’ll be forced to play an ever more merciless hand and commit unimaginable acts for a future that promises nowhere to run . . .

An Open Heart Book by Harry Kraus

An Open Heart Book
  • Author : Harry Kraus
  • Publisher : David C Cook
  • Release Date : 2013-06-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 1434706044
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Summary: Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him. It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life. -- Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Harry resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of their three sons.

Benita Book by H. Rider Haggard

Benita Book
  • Author : H. Rider Haggard
  • Publisher : Graphic Arts Books
  • Release Date : 2021-03-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN Code: 151327807X
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Summary: Born in Africa out of wedlock, Benita Clifford’s mother quickly moved to England, refusing to marry Benita’s father due to his struggle with addiction. Benita enjoyed a happy childhood in England, however, when her mother tragically passes away, she decides to move back to Africa per her father’s request. Benita’s adventure starts long before she sets foot on African land, as she encounters the turbulent sea and becomes enamored by another passenger while she sails to the new country. As the journey continues, Benita and the other passenger, a man named Robert Seymour, grow closer, but their young relationship is threatened by a force of nature. After surviving a tragedy suffered by the ship, Benita arrives in Africa shaken, but ready to start anew. When she hears of a quest for lost Portuguese treasure, Benita is eager to join the adventure with her father and his partner. As they trek through land unknown, Benita and the expedition group brave countless challenges, including hostile native groups, shocking discoveries, dangerous environments, and a mysterious 17th century ghost. H. Rider Haggard’s Benita, An African Romance portrays a strong and brave protagonist as she embarks on a classic adventure. Set in Africa during the early 19th century, Benita, An African Romance features hidden temples, lost treasure, shipwrecks, reincarnations, run-ins with natives, and ghosts. With the fusion of adventure, romance, and supernatural genres, Benita, An African Romance is gripping from start to finish. First published in 1906, Haggard’s work has remained to be fresh, innovative, and exciting even over a century later. Though rarely found in print, Benita, An African Romance is written with simple, creative prose, and is accessible and relevant to modern audiences. This edition of Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard features an eye-catching new cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, Benita, An African Romance caters to a contemporary audience while preserving the original mastery and adventure of H. Rider Haggard’s work.

Journal of an African Cruiser Book by Horatio Bridge

Journal of an African Cruiser Book
  • Author : Horatio Bridge
  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-26
  • Category: Travel
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN Code:
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Summary: "Journal of an African Cruiser" by Horatio Bridge. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Story of an African Farm Book by Olive Schreiner

The Story of an African Farm Book
  • Author : Olive Schreiner
  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Release Date : 2003-01-27
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN Code: 1770482474
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Summary: The Story of an African Farm (1883) marks an early appearance in fiction of Victorian society’s emerging New Woman. The novel follows the spiritual quests of Lyndall and Waldo, who each struggle against social constraints in their search for happiness and truth: Lyndall, against society’s expectations of women, and Waldo against stifling class conventions. Written from the margins of the British empire, the novel addresses the conflicts of race, class, and gender that shaped the lives of European settlers in Southern Africa before the Boer Wars. This Broadview edition includes appendices that link the novel to histories of empire and colonialism, the emergence of the New Woman, and the conflicts between science and religion in the Victorian period. Contemporary reviews are also included.

Half of a Yellow Sun Book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half of a Yellow Sun Book
  • Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-10-29
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN Code: 0307373541
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Summary: With her award-winning debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was heralded by the Washington Post Book World as the “21st century daughter” of Chinua Achebe. Now, in her masterly, haunting new novel, she recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s. With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigbo’s beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parents’ world of wealth and excess; Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their father’s business; and Kainene’s English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds. As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place. Epic, ambitious and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a more powerful, dramatic and intensely emotional picture of modern Africa than any we have had before.

Half the Sky Book by Nicholas D. Kristof,Sheryl WuDunn

Half the Sky Book
  • Author : Nicholas D. Kristof,Sheryl WuDunn
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-09-08
  • Category: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 0307273156
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Summary: #1 National Bestseller From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

Under African Skies Book by Charles Larson

Under African Skies Book
  • Author : Charles Larson
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2011-04-01
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 1429952547
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Summary: Spanning a wide geographical range, this collection features many of the now prominent first generation of African writers and draws attention to a new generation of writers. Powerful, intriguing and essentially non-Western, these stories will be welcome by an audience truly ready for multicultural voices.

Beneath a Starless Sky Book by Tessa Harris

Beneath a Starless Sky Book
  • Author : Tessa Harris
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2020-12-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0008400369
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Summary: The smoke tingled in her nostrils. Acrid. Harsh. Lilli Sternberg’s quickening heart sounded an alarm as she rounded the corner of the street. Lifting her gaze to the rooftops, she saw a roaring blaze of thick flames engulf the side of the building and join the stars to fill the black sky. Her father’s shop was no more.

I Dreamed of Africa Book by Kuki Gallmann

I Dreamed of Africa Book
  • Author : Kuki Gallmann
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2012-03-29
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 0141966408
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Summary: ‘Often, at the hour of day when the savannah grass is streaked with silver, and pale gold rims the silhouettes of the hills, I drive with my dogs up to the Mukutan, to watch the sun setting behind the lake, and the evening shadows settle over the valleys and plains of the Laikipia plateau.’ Kuki Gallmann’s haunting memoir of bringing up a family in Kenya in the 1970s first with her husband Paulo, and then alone, is part elegaic celebration, part tragedy, and part love letter to the magical spirit of Africa.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book
  • Author : Maya Angelou
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2009-04-21
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 1588369250
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Summary: Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin

Under a Painted Sky Book by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky Book
  • Author : Stacey Lee
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-03-17
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0698173651
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Summary: From the author of Outrun the Moon, Stacey Lee's debut novel is a powerful story about love, friendship, and sacrifice. Perfect for fans of Code Name Verity. “This moving novel will captivate you.”—Buzzfeed.com All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music, which was difficult enough being a Chinese girl in Missouri, 1849. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing and she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from Annamae, a runaway slave she met at the scene of her crime, the two flee town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls. Disguised as Sammy and Andy, two boys heading for the California gold rush, each search for a link to their past and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. Until they merge paths with a band of cowboys turned allies, and Samantha can’t stop herself from falling for one. But the law is closing in on them and new setbacks come each day, and the girls will quickly learn there are not many places one can hide on the open trail. Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick An Amelia Bloomer Book

The Road Book by Cormac McCarthy

The Road Book
  • Author : Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-03-20
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 0307267458
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Summary: NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

Beneath a Ruthless Sun Book by Gilbert King

Beneath a Ruthless Sun Book
  • Author : Gilbert King
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-04-24
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN Code: 0399183434
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Summary: NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST "Compelling, insightful and important, Beneath a Ruthless Sun exposes the corruption of racial bigotry and animus that shadows a community, a state and a nation. A fascinating examination of an injustice story all too familiar and still largely ignored, an engaging and essential read." --Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Devil in the Grove, the gripping true story of a small town with a big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a "husky Negro" did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired white nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial. But crusading journalist Mabel Norris Reese cannot stop fretting over the case and its baffling outcome. Who was protecting whom, or what? She pursues the story for years, chasing down leads, hitting dead ends, winning unlikely allies. Bit by bit, the unspeakable truths behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence begin to surface. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.

Black Sun Book by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun Book
  • Author : Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-10-13
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN Code: 153443769X
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Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. A god will return When the earth and sky converge Under the black sun In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain. Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.

Beneath the Sugar Sky Book by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky Book
  • Author : Seanan McGuire
  • Publisher : Tor.com
  • Release Date : 2018-01-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN Code: 0765393573
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Summary: A stand-alone fantasy tale from Seanan McGuire's Alex-award winning Wayward Children series, which began in the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire's Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world. When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.) If she can't find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests... A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do. Warning: May contain nuts. The Wayward Children Series Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky Book 4: In an Absent Dream At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Clouds Beneath the Sun Book by Mackenzie Ford

The Clouds Beneath the Sun Book
  • Author : Mackenzie Ford
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2010-07-27
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 0385533624
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Summary: An exotic setting and a passionate, forbidden affair make The Clouds Beneath the Sun an irresistible page-turner that is sure to satisfy readers looking for an intelligent blend of history, romance, and intrigue. Mackenzie Ford (a nom de plume) was introduced to readers in 2009 with the publication of Gifts of War, which was praised in USA Today as “an absorbing, morally complex read.” In a starred review, Library Journal said, “Ford keeps the reader on a knife’s edge as the lies build and the truth is only a word or misstep away. Highly recommended.” Now Ford takes us to Kenya in 1961. As a small plane carrying Natalie Nelson lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, Natalie knows she’s run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archeologist, she accepted an invitation to be included in a famous excavating team, her first opportunity to escape England and the painful memories of her past. But before she can get her bearings, the dig is surrounded by controversy involving the local Masai people—and murder. Compounding the tension, Eleanor Deacon, friend of the Masai, who is leading the excavating mission, watches a rift grow between her two handsome sons. Natalie’s growing attrac­tion to Jack Deacon soon becomes a passionate affair that turns dangerous when she must give evidence in a trial that could spark even more violence and turmoil. The startling beauty of the Kenyan setting, the tension of loom­ing social upheaval, and the dizzying highs and crushing lows of a doomed love affair are all captured brilliantly on every page of this extraordinary and utterly unforgettable novel.

Holding Up the Sky Book by Sandy Blackburn-Wright

Holding Up the Sky Book
  • Author : Sandy Blackburn-Wright
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2008-03-01
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN Code: 1742660789
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Summary: Sandy lived and worked in South Africa between 1988 and 2003, years coinciding with some of the most tumultuous and significant events in the history of the nation, including the release of Mandela. Set against a background of profound political and social change, Sandy tells her personal story with honesty, passion, intelligence and humour. As a community development worker in the townships she witnessed the brutality of life under the apartheid regime yet at the same time she was bewitched by the uncrushable richness and vibrancy of the culture and traditions of the people, and the grandeur and beauty of the land. Her encounters were intense and often dangerous. While living with a black family in a township she was caught up in the violence of the 1990 Seven Day War between Inkatha and ANC factions, in which hundreds were killed. She was forced to flee from gun-wielding attackers and watched helplessly as a young man was shot dead in the driveway of her home. Through her work she met the man who was to become her husband, and began the next phase of her life as a member of an extended and welcoming traditional, rural black South African Family. Together she and her husband sought to contribute to the rebuilding and transformation of a post apartheid nation. At first it seemed their love and commitment were strong enough to overcome the prejudice of the white and black communities, prejudices that were exacerbated by their adoption of her husband's young niece, followed by the birth of their own son. But having given up so much for the love of a man of Africa, Sandy found that no amount of commitment and determination could prevent the rifts that formed within her marriage. Her final choice was unavoidable, she left her marriage and the land she loved to return to Australia and begin a new life. But she will carry forever in her heart the land that changed her life, and which she in turn sought to support on its journey towards freedom.

A Moonless, Starless Sky Book by Alexis Okeowo

A Moonless, Starless Sky Book
  • Author : Alexis Okeowo
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Category: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 0316382914
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Summary: WINNER OF THE 2018 PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD "A rich and urgently necessary book" (New York Times Book Review), A Moonless, Starless Sky is a masterful, humane work of journalism by Alexis Okeowo--a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism. In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary--lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.