Reading Through Northern Africa

Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel by Jeffrey Tayler. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Between Terror and Tourism: An Overland Journey Across North Africa by Michael Mewshaw. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
My Mercedes is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou…An Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara by Jeroen Van Bergeijk. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Jeroen Van Bergeijk
Sahara by Michael Palin.
Sahara: A Natural History by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert by William Langewiesche. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
A North Africa Reading List at Kinna Reads.

Algeria (People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria)
Algerian White by Assia Djebar. Recommended at Amy Reads.
Autumn of the Phantoms by Yasmina Khadra. Reviewed at Book Chase.
The Barbary Coast: Algeria Under the Turks by John B. Wolf. Reviewed at One-Minute Book Reviews.
Between the Desert and the Sea by Lilias Trotter.
Double Blank by Yasmina Khadra Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Harbor by Lorraine Adams. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Last Life by Claire Messud. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Loving Graham Greene by Gloria Emerson. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Magician’s Wife by Brian Moore. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Morituri by Yasmina Kahdra. Recommended at Book Chase.
My Battle of Algiers: A Memoir by Ted Morgan.
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 by Alistair Horne. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Some Dream for Fools by Faiza Guene. Reviewed at Regular Rumination.

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Egypt (Arab Republic of Egypt)
Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes by Colette Rossant. Reviewed at Lous_Pages
The Blue Manuscript by Sabiha Al Khemir. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Day the Leader Was Killed by Naguib Mahfouz. Reviewed at Kinna Reads.
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. Reviewed at Literate Housewife.
Letters from Egypt: A Journey on the Nile, 1849-1850 by Florence Nightingale. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz. Reviewed at This Book and I Could Be Friends.
Our Horses in Egypt by Rosalind Belben. Reviewed at Pages Turned.
Out of Egypt: A Memoir by Andre Aciman. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. Reviewed by Jackie at Farm Lane Books. The first book in Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy. Also reviewed by MJ at Wandering in the Stacks.
Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz. Reviewed at This Book and I Could Be Friends.
Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz. Reviewed at This Book and I could Be Friends.
Voices from the Other World by Naguib Mafouz. Reviewed at Book Musings.
Woman At Point Zero is a classic novella by Egyptian doctor and feminist writer, Nawal El Saadawi. Recommended at BrownGirl Speaks.
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al Aswany. Reviewed at BookShy: An African BookLover.
Zarafa: A Giraffe’s True Story, from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris by Nancy Milton. Reviewed by Magistramater.

Libya (Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar. Reviewed at Curious Book Fans.
Homeless Rats by Ahmed Fagih. Reviewed at The Book Whisperer.
In The Country Of Men by Hisham Matar. Reviewed at Page247. Reviewed at Nose in a Book. Reviewed by Laura at Musings.
The Shadow of Ghadames by Joelle Stolz. Reviewed at Hope Is the Word.

Mali (Republic of Mali)
The Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu by Kira Salak. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Desert Elephants by Helen Cowcher. Semicolon review here.
Footprints in the Sand by Sarah Challis. Reviewed at The Romantic Armchair Traveller.
Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold by Michael Benanav. Semicolon review here.
Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway. Recommended at Devourer of Books.
Mysterious Traveller by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. Reviewed at Books of Wonder and Wisdom.
Timbuktu: The Sahara’s Fabled City of Gold by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle.
To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger by Mark Jenkins. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.

Mauritania (Islamic Republic of Mauritania)
The Ignored Cries of Pain and Injustice from Mauritania by Sidi Sene.
Mauritania: The Struggle for Democracy by Noel Foster.
Angels of Mauritania and the Curse of the Language by Mohamed Bouya Ould Bamba. Reviewed at A Year of Reading the World.

Morocco (Kingdom of Morocco)
The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Corruption by Tahar Ben Jelloun. Recommended at Brown Girl Speaks.
Glory in a Camel’s Eye by Jeffrey Tayler. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Last Friend by Tahar Ben Jelloun. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Serpent’s Daughter by Suzanne Arruda. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Spider’s House by Paul Bowles.
The Spy Wore Silk by Aline, Countess of Romanones. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Star of Light by Patricia St. John.
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi. Semicolon review here.
The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya. Reviewed by S. Krishna.
This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.

Niger (Republic of Niger)
Harmattan by Gavin Weston, reviewed at The Book Trail.

Sudan(Republic of Sudan)
Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo. Semicolon review here and here.
The Bible or the Axe by William O. Levi. Semicolon review here.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Reviewed at The Fourth Musketeer.
Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan by John Bul Dau and Martha Arual Akech. Recommended at Helen’s Book Blog.
Proud to Be Nuba by Nanne op ‘t Ende.
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. Reviewed at This Book and I Could Be Friends.
Standing at the Crossroads by Charles Davis. Recommended at Book Chase.
They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Alehfonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Banjamin Ajak. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari. Reviewed at 1morechapter.com Reviewed at Boston Bibliophile.
War Child by Emmanuel Jal. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
What Is the What by Dave Eggers. Recommended by Nancy Pearl in Book Lust To Go.
Richard Crockett: The Five Best Books on Sudan.

Tunisia (Tunisian Republic)
Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer. Reviewed at Iris on Books.

Western Sahara (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic)
See How Much I Love You by Luis Leante. Reviewed by Dani at A Work in Progress.

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