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Kiffe, Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene

I have finally made some progress on my Around the World project, a project with a goal of reading a children’s book from each and every nation of the world. I may have cheated here, however, since the book is not really Algerian but rather Parisian, but since it’s my own project I get to […]

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There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene

In case you hadn’t noticed ther is a LOT of controversy going on these days about international adoption, especially adoptions by U.S. parent of Ethiopian, Liberian, and other African children. Lots of agencies and groups involved in these adoptions are being accused of child-trafficking, stealing children from their parents and extended families to feed an […]

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Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

“The alleys, the houses, the palaces and mosques and the people who live among them are evoked as vividly in [Mahfouz’s] work as the streets of London were conjured up by Dickens.” ~Newsweek I was struggling through Mr. Mahfouz’s epic novel, the first part of a trilogy set in modern Cairo, Egypt, and in the […]

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May Check-In: North Africa Reading Challenge

Posted by Sherry on 6/2/2012 in Africa, North Africa Reading Challenge |

Did you read any books for the North Africa Reading Challenge in May? I didn’t, unfortunately, read anything this past month that was set in North Africa. I (we) will be concentrating on reading about Northern Africa this year. It’s a good place to start because I think we could all afford to know a […]

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April Check-in: North Africa Reading Challenge

Posted by Sherry on 5/4/2012 in North Africa Reading Challenge |

Sorry this check-in is so late. I forgot. However, I did read a couple of North Africa-related books this month. And I even reviewed one of them: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. I also read In the Country of Men by Libyan author Hisham Matar. I’ll try to get a review written and posted soon. I […]

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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

I don’t know if it was just me or my mood or what, but Evelyn Waugh’s comic novel that the NYT Book Review called “thoroughly enjoyable, uproariously funny” just felt like a P.G. Wodehouse wannabe, except more pretentious and not nearly as accessible or humorous. Scoop is a parody of the world of sensational journalism, […]

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March Check-in: North Africa Reading Challenge

Posted by Sherry on 3/31/2012 in Africa, North Africa Reading Challenge |

I’ve been interested for a while in reading books about Africa. If you look at the top of this page you will see a link to my pages of Books about Africa, sorted by region and then by country. So I decided to get organized in 2012 and sponsor a challenge for myself and anyone […]

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February Check-in: North Africa Reading Challenge

Posted by Sherry on 2/29/2012 in Africa, North Africa Reading Challenge |

I’ve been interested for a while in reading books about Africa. If you look at the top of this page you will see a link to my pages of Books about Africa, sorted by region and then by country. So I decided to get organized in 2012 and sponsor a challenge for myself and anyone […]

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Africa Is Not a Country by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove

“Africa is not a country—it is a vast continent made up of 53 nations. . . From the tiny island nations of Comoros, Syechelles, and Sao Tome and Principe, to its largest country (Sudan), Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres.” Z-baby (age 10) read this book, and commented as she […]

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Desert Elephants by Helen Cowcher

Posted by Sherry on 2/6/2012 in 2011, Africa, General, Mali, Nonfiction, North Africa Reading Challenge |

“In Mali, West Africa, the last remaining desert elephants follow the longest migration route of any elephant in the world. THeir largest circular route is 300 miles long across harsh land just south of Sahara desert. When the dry season begins, they start their journey for water. Their lives depend on it.” This 2011 nonfiction […]

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