Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2001: International
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

ABOLITIONISTS ABROAD: AMERICAN BLACKS AND THE MAKING OF MODERN WEST AFRICA by Lamin Sanneh.

An engrossing account of the founding of Freetown, West Africa, in 1792 by freed slaves.

DT476 .S26 1999

THE AFRICAN KITCHEN by Josie Stow and Jan Baldwin.

Combines the thrill of the safari with pan-African cooking.Includes vivid photos and recipes.

TX725 .A4 S76 2000

BLACK IDENTITIES: WEST INDIAN IMMIGRANT DREAMS AND AMERICAN REALITIES by Mary C. Waters.

Caribbean immigrants discovered the complex realities of American race relations.

E184 .W54 W38 1999

COMING TO TERMS: SOUTH AFRICA’S SEARCH FOR TRUTH by Martin Meredith.

An even-handed account of the moral and political issues raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

DT1945 .M47 1999

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART by Sidney Littlefield Kasfir.

The book examines the major themes and accomplishments in African art from the past fifty years.

N7380.K37 2000

MADUMO: A MAN BEWITCHED by Adam Ashforth.

The author provides a contemporary narrative of South African superstition and witchcraft.

BF1584.S6 Z7 2000

MANDELA: THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY by Anthony Sampson.

Mandela’s enormous accomplishments are covered with a focus on his long incarceration and his profound belief in reconciliation.

DT1974.S26 1999

NEW AFRICAN POETRY: AN ANTHOLOGY edited by Tanure Ojaide and Tijan M. Sallah.

PL8013.E5 N478 1999

PALACE SCULPTURES OF ABOMEY: HISTORY TOLD ON WALLS by Sidney Littlefield Kasfir.

A richly illustrated history of the Fon people from the Republic of Benin, who established a dynasty in the early 17th century.

N7380 .K37 2000

THIS HOUSE HAS FALLEN: MIDNIGHT IN NIGERIA by Karl Maier.

This book offers a disturbing and evocative account of one of the most complex, multi-ethnic, and populous nations.

DT515.842 .M35 2000

 

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Parker Hill Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch

Joseph Wisniewski, Codman Square Branch