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December 16, 2012

2012 is drawing to a close and I like nothing better than making lists for the year again.  To that end, I have been compiling the list of those books I would like to be plunging into in the year ahead.  And among my list of must-read books, in no particular order:

  • Of Africa by Wole Soyinka
  • There was a country: A personal history of Biafra by Chinua Achebe
  • Dead aid by Dambisa Moyo
  • The challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai (her autobio was fascinating – such a courageous woman!)
  • The beautiful ones are not yet born by Ayi Kwei Armah
  • An elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah
  • Les pieds sales by Edem Awumey
  • Rose deluge by Edem Awumey
  • Le pleurer-rire by Henri Lopes
  • La vie et demie by Sony Labou Tansi
  • Le devoir de violence by Yambo Ouologuem
  • Un negre a Paris By Bernard Dadie
  • Wizard of the crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Bleu-Blanc-Rouge by Alain Mabanckou (he had to figure, didn’t he?)
  • Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
  • The translator by Leila Aboulela
  • Quand le coq annoncera l’aube d’un autre jour – a collection of poems by Alain Mabanckou
  • Black skin, White masks by Frantz Fanon
  • Petals of blood by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • The education of a British-protected child by Chinua Achebe
  • Home and Exile by Chinua Achebe
  • A grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thion’o
  • A man of the people by Chinua Achebe
  • This child will be great – an autobio by Ellen Sirleaf, the president of The Republic of Liberia
  • How to read the air by Dinaw Mengestu – his novel The beautiful things that heaven bears is a novel I must just re-read – that good!
  • No longer at ease by Chinua Achebe

Any other novel that must be included on the list?  I need suggestion, and as I read these books, I will post my thoughts on them.

I hope your year ends well and you start the new year with renewed energy.


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