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Black Is... 2000: International
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

AFRICAN ROYAL COURT ART by Michele Coquet. Not just an art book, but also an examination of ceremonies, sovereignty and empires. N7391.65 .C66613 1998

THE BURDEN OF MEMORY, THE MUSE OF FORGIVENESS by Wole Soyinka. Can true reconciliation occur in Africa after years of repressed human and civil rights? Soyinka believes art is the answer. DT30.5 .S697 1999

THE HEALING WISDOM OF AFRICA: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community by Malidoma Patrice SomÈ. Focuses on how the traditions of the Dagara, from West Africa, can enrich the lives of Westerners. BL2480.D3 S65 1998

THE HERO WITH AN AFRICAN FACE: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa by Clyde W. Ford. Recounts many African stories, exploring their metaphors, symbols, and archetypal figures." BL2400 .F67 1999

KINSHIP: A Family’s Journey in Africa and America by Philippe E. Wamba. Interweaving memoir and history, the author explores the gap between Africans and African-Americans, "bound by blood but living worlds apart". E185.97.W1346 A3 1999

SOUTH AFRICA: A Narrative History by Frank Welsh. From the arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1488 to the Mandela presidency. DT1787 .W45 1999

VANISHING CULTURES OF SOUTH AFRICA by Peter Magubane. Examines the social customs, politics, religion, and artwork of ten major ethnic groups, with accompanying photos. GN656 .M34 1998

WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch. This National Book Critics Circle Award winner examines the cause and effect of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus. DT450.435 .G68 1998

WHY THE COCKS FIGHT: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola by Michele Wucker. Addresses current conflicts as well as the violent history of the past two centuries. F1938.25.H2 W83 1999

This selected list was compiled by:  Kendall Brothers, General Library, Teen Services, Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch, Joseph Fisher, Dudley Branch, Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch, Amy Manson, Chairperson, Connolly Branch, Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services, Amy Short, West Roxbury Branch,   Georgia Titonis, South End Branch