Diamond Boy by Michael Williams

Posted by Sherry on 5/7/2015 in Africa, Around the World, General, Young Adult Fiction, Zimbabwe |

When fifteen year old Patson Moyo and his family head for the diamond fields of Marange in eastern Zimbabwe, Patson is sure that his family’s fortunes are about to change for the better. Even though Patson’s father plans to teach school in diamond country as he always has, Patson knows that there are diamonds for […]


Walking Home by Eric Walters

Posted by Sherry on 4/8/2015 in 2015, Africa, Around the World, Children's Fiction, General, Kenya |

This middle grade novel, published in Canada and set in Kenya, has wonderful themes about forgiveness and responsibility and family loyalty and trust and the power of imagination. I don’t know how popular stories set in foreign countries are among the target audience, but this one is a great read. Thirteen year old Muchoki and […]


Exploring the World in Books

Posted by Sherry on 3/9/2015 in Africa, Antarctica, Around the World, China, England, General, India, Israel, South Africa |

I am taking a blog break for Lent, but I thought I’d share some of my old posts from years gone by. I’ve been blogging at Semicolon since October, 2003, more than eleven years. This post is copied and edited from February 28, 2005: Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without […]


Nonfiction November: Week 2 Lists!

Posted by Sherry on 11/10/2014 in Africa, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday, US History Project |

Lu/Leslie at Regular Rumination asks us to Be/Become/Ask the Expert: Share a list of titles that you have read on a particular topic, create a wish list of titles that you’d like to read about a particular topic, or ask your fellow Nonfiction November participants for suggestions on a particular topic. Well, I have two […]


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Posted by Sherry on 4/15/2014 in Adult Fiction, Africa, Around the World, General, Literary fiction, Nigeria |

The subject of Africa and Africans and the relationship of Africans to Americans is one of my fascinations. I read Ms. Adichie’s novel, Americanah, with that fascination firmly in place. But the book was just ironic, sarcastic, and insightful enough to make me a little uncomfortable. I don’t think I’d enjoy meeting the author, and […]


The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

Posted by Sherry on 4/2/2014 in 2013, Adult Fiction, Africa, Around the World, Botswana, Mysteries |

There are a few authors I could read all day, all week, and never get tired of their books, their characters, and their writing style. Whereas some authors I read and enjoy but then need a break—Dickens or John Grisham or even Tolkien. Others are so delightful and amusing and light-hearted that I could take […]

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The 15th Gift of Christmas in South Africa, 1969-?

Posted by Sherry on 12/15/2013 in Africa, General |

From Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela: “What Sundays were to the rest of the week, Christmas was to the rest of the year. It was the one day when the authorities showed any goodwill toward men. We did not have to go to the quarry on Christmas Day, and we were […]

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A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk

I have a thing about books set in other countries, especially African countries. Africa fascinates me for some reason. A Girl Called Problem is set in Tanzania in the early 1970’s when President Julius Nyerere encouraged Tanzanians to participate in his program of ujamaa, a socialist strategy emphasizing family and collective farming, to improve the […]

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Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

Posted by Sherry on 9/17/2013 in 2013, Africa, Around the World, General, Tanzania, Young Adult Fiction |

“Burning in the daylight and hunted in the shadows, having albinism is often a death sentence in East Africa. In Tanzania, one out of every 1,400 people has albinism, a genetic condition characterized by a lack of pigment in the body. That compares to a global average of one in 20,000 people.” Huffington Post, June […]


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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