By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
DB 77188, LT 19816, Available as Bard Download
After studying in the United States for thirteen years, Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who blogs about race, returns home to Lagos. She has endured enough cultural issues and misses her first love. But the Nigerians label her an "Americanah." Some strong language. 2013.
Beasts of No Nation
By Uzodinma Iweala
DB 62867, BR 16528, Available as BARD Download
Schoolboy Agu is forced to join guerrilla fighters when civil war erupts in his West African nation. In the company of other child soldiers, he becomes disassociated from his comfortable family home and abruptly accustomed to brutality and killing as he seeks to please his commandant. Violence. 2005.
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
By Dinaw Mengestu
DB 64260, BR 17299, Available as BARD Download
Washington, D.C. Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanos operates a shabby store in a gentrifying neighborhood, hangs out with other African exiles, and muses about American life. Missing a family, he befriends a white woman and her biracial daughter when they move next door. Strong language. 2007.
Behold the Dreamers
By Imbolo Mbue
DB 85537, LT 21165, Available as BARD Download
In 2007, Cameroonian immigrants Jende and Neni Jonga are living in Harlem with their six-year-old son. Jende has hired as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive, and they feel like their future is secure. But secrets abound and threaten their marriage. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Cry the Beloved Country
By Alan Paton
DB 57559, BR 15354, Available as BARD Download
The classic story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo’s search for his delinquent son, Absalom, in 1940s Johannesburg, South Africa. Kumalo’s experiences are set against a background of a land and people who struggle not only with overwhelming racial injustice but also with disintegration of their tribal culture and traditional family bonds. 1948.
Cutting for Stone
By Abraham Verghese
DB 70131, LT 12337, Available as BARD Download
Ethiopia, 1954. Twin brothers Shiva and Marion Stone’s Indian-nun mother dies during their birth and their British father abandons them. As revolution brews decades later, Marion, a surgeon, flees to America, where he eventually confronts his past. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.
By J. M. Coetzee
DB 49263, BR 21187, Available as BARD Download
Divorced, fifty-two-year-old professor David Lurie is dismissed from a Cape Town university for seducing a twenty-year-old student. After retreating to his daughter’s farm, an unprovoked attack by three African youths causes Lurie to reflect on his value system. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Booker Prize. 1999.
Every Day is For the Thief
By Teju Cole
DB 78983, BR 20636, Available as Bard Download
A man returns home to Lagos, Nigeria, fifteen years after moving to New York. He reconnects with family, friends, and a former girlfriend. He is amazed at both how much and how little have changed in the land of his childhood. 2007.
Ghana Must Go
By Taiye Selasi
DB 76458, Available as Bard Download
After Kweku Sai dies suddenly, his children gather in Accra to settle his estate. They must come to terms with their relationships with Kweku--who was a brilliant surgeon but a poor parent--as well as with each other. 2013.