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We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Stories From Rwanda

We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Stories From Rwanda

by Philip Gourevitch

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 355 PAGES

The gut-wrenching story of Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, looking backward from the horrific genocide of 1994 to deep-seated historical causes (and Western inaction). Gourevitch offers both an insightful chronicle and extraordinary stories in this award-winning report. (CAF26, $18.00)

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

by Dian Fossey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Fossey's highly personal, detailed account of the ecology and behavior of the mountain gorilla of Virunga is based on her 13 years among "the greatest of the great apes." (UGD05, $16.99)

Bradt Guide Rwanda

Bradt Guide Rwanda

by Janice Booth | Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

Part of the British series, this practical, detailed travel guide to Rwanda focuses on nature (especially gorillas), history and culture (CAF25, $27.99)

Rwanda/Burundi Map

Rwanda/Burundi Map

by ITMB

  • 2007
  • MAP

A detailed, folded map of Rwanda and Burundi. (CAF27, $12.95)

 
Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas


by Gene Eckhart

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Featuring 200 intimate color photographs, this up-to-date, captivating portrait reveals the gorillas of Bwindi National Forest and Virunga Volcanoes, their biology, status and hope. (UGD17, $37.95)

The Scramble for Africa

The Scramble for Africa


by Thomas Pakenham

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 738 PAGES

Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th-century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent. (AFR26, $23.99)

A Thousand Hills to Heaven

A Thousand Hills to Heaven


by Josh Ruxin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 308 PAGES

One American couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising their three children near the old killing fields and building a restaurant named Heaven overlooking Kigali. Ruxin is director of the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda. (CAF62, $26.00)

Land of a Thousand Hills, My Life in Rwanda

Land of a Thousand Hills, My Life in Rwanda


by Rosamond Halsey Carr

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

Carr's thrilling memoir is a testament to her life in Rwanda -- a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, the author turned her flower plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children. (CAF46, $18.00)

Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali


by Gaile Parkin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Cake baker and secret keeper Angel Tungaraza's kitchen provides solace for the residents of Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda with nearly one million citizens, in this heart-warming novel full of intrigue. (CAF66, $16.00)

Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile


by Scholastique Mukasonga

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Mukasonga's plot unfolds behind the gates of an upper-crust girls' school where political tensions heat up, friendships end, racial animosities form and Rwanda marches inexorably toward genocide. A debut novel that quickly rose through France's best seller list. (CAF65, $18.00)

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

Among the Great Apes, Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives


by Paul Raffaele

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

Acclaimed nature journalist Raffaele's epic journey to survey the last remaining great apes living in the wild takes him from the orangutans of Borneo to the central African highlands where he gets up close with mountain gorillas, chimps and bonobos. (SCI306, $15.99)

The Impenetrable Forest

The Impenetrable Forest


by Thor Hanson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 286 PAGES

Hanson recounts his time in the Peace Corps in Uganda and his work to establish a gorilla trekking program in the Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest, home to not just half of the world's mountain gorillas but also to chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, elephants, giant forest hogs and rare forest birds. (UGD10, $24.95)

The Year of the Gorilla

The Year of the Gorilla


by George Schaller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

This vivid tale of adventures among the gorillas of the Virunga volcanoes of Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda is a wonderful account of field work under trying circumstances by a great wildlife biologist. (UGD03, $33.00)

Birds of East Africa

Birds of East Africa


by Terry Stevenson | John Fanshawe

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 602 PAGES

Compact and comprehensive, this guide to 1,388 species of birds in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi features 286 excellent color plates, range maps and notes on habitats and conservation. A veteran tour leader, co-author Stevenson lives in Kenya. (EAF92, $39.50)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's celebrated guide, that includes information on distribution, ecology and conservation status, with 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $29.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife


by Bunny McBride | Duane Schlitter | Richard Estes | Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 988 PAGES

This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks. (AFR25, $24.95)

Mystery Gorillas / Search for the Great Apes

Mystery Gorillas / Search for the Great Apes


by National Geographic Society

  • FILM
  • 2010
  • DVD

This double feature in the National Geographic Wild documentary series includes the captivating classic National Geographic film chronicling the ground-breaking fieldwork of Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas-Brindamour. (EAF413, $19.97)

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