Reading Through Central Africa
Burundi (Republic of Burundi)
Dangerously Alive: An African Adventure of Faith Under Fire by Simon Guillebaud.
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. Having survived civil war and genocide, Deo Gratias arrives in the U.S., psychologically traumatized and physically destitute. The book tells Deo’s story: how he made a life for himself in the U.S. and how he returned to Burundi to help his people begin to rebuild.
Cameroon (Republic of Cameroon)
Central African Republic (Central African Republic)
The Gabon Virus by Paul McCusker and Walter L. Larrimore. Recommended at RBC Library.
Equatorial Guinea (Republic of Equatorial Guinea)
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. Reviewed at S. Krishna Books.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: (formerly Belgian Congo, then Zaire)
King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hothschild. Recommended at Musings of a Christian Psychologist.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Semicolon review here.
Tim Butcher’s Top 10 Books about the Congo.
The Witch Doctor’s Wife by Tamar Myers. Recommended at Reading the Past.
The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamar Myers.
The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Reviewed by Janet at Across the Page.
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz by Michela Wrong. Recommended at A Striped Armchair.
Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart by Tim Butcher. Semicolon review here.
Give Me This Mountain and He Gave Us a Valley by Helen Roseveare. Recommended by Hope at Worthwhile Books.
Republic of the Congo
Rwanda (Republic of Rwanda):
Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin. Recommended by Rasco from RIF.
Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza. Semicolon review here.
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen.
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron.
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche. Recommended by kimbofo.
Maw Books suggests books about the Rwandan genocide.
Phillip Gourevitch: The Five Best Books about Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe