Half of a Yellow Sun
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
DB 63931, Available as BARD Download
As the Biafran war erupts in 1960s Nigeria, three people are caught up in the turbulence: a thirteen-year-old houseboy, Ugwu; his master’s mistress, Olanna; and Richard, a shy young Englishman. Their ideals and loyalties are tested while they flee from advancing Nigerian troops. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.
Half of a Yellow Sun
By Yaa Gyasi
DB 84732, LT 20381, Available as Bard Download
In the 1700s, half sisters Esi and Effia are born in Ghana without knowing each other. Effia marries a wealthy Englishman, while Esi is imprisoned in the dungeon of the castle where Effia lives, before she is shipped to America and sold into slavery. Their descendants witness history. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
By Nadine Gordimer
DB 17077, BR 11974, Available as BARD Download
In the aftermath of a successful black revolution, a white Johannesburg family, architect Bam Smales, his wife, and their three young children, have been rescued by July, their black house servant of fifteen years. They are taken to July’s remote, primitive family compound, where the roles of white-black dependency are reversed and where they try to come to terms with what has happened to them. 1981.
My Sister, the Serial Killer
By Oyinkan Braithwaite
DB 92043, LT 25271, Available as BARD Download
Though it wears on her, Korede has grown very good at cleaning up her sister’s messes--namely, those left after she murders her boyfriends. The bright spot in Korede’s life is a kind doctor at the hospital where she works--until the day he meets Korede’s sister and asks for her number. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
By Tsitsi Dangarembga
DB 92815, Available as Bard Download
Tambudzai--Tambu for short--receives the opportunity of education when her brother dies suddenly. As she negotiates the moral strictures of the village where she is raised, she looks to her cousin Nyasha for inspiration. But Nyasha, like Tambu’s brother, falls ill to what Tambu’s father calls "Englishness."1988.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
By Alexander McCall Smith
DB 55503, BR 15865, Available as BARD Download
Mma "Precious" Ramotswe opens a detective agency in Botswana when she inherits her father’s cattle. People consult her about straying husbands, fraudulent business associates, and missing children. Along the way she learns their life stories and tales of Africa. Bestseller. 1998.
By Teju Cole
DB 79016, BR 20626, Available as BARD Download
After breaking up with his girlfriend, Nigerian-born doctor Julius takes long walks around New York City, contemplating the decisions and events that led him to where he is today. Encounters during his wanderings reveal hidden depths to his experiences. Some descriptions of sex. 2011.
Say You’re One of Them
By Uwem Akpan
DB 68167, Available as BARD Download
Five tales about children struggling to survive in war-torn Africa. In "Fattening for Gabon" siblings whose parents have AIDS go to live with an uncle who tries to sell them into slavery. The Caine Prize finalist "My Parents’ Bedroom" describes the Rwandan genocide. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2008.
Season of Migration to the North
By Tayeb Salih
DB 47270, Available as Bard Download
Two Sudanese men who studied in Europe meet in a village on the Nile. Mustafa confides to the younger man the secrets of his past--his obsession with British women and theirs with him, and the high price he and they have paid for their illusions. 1969.