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The Slave Trade

The Slave Trade

by James Walvin

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Photographs, paintings and contemporary maps give insight into the reality and global impact of the transatlantic slave trade in this lively entry in the History Files series. (ATL38, $24.95)

My First Coup d'Etat, And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa

My First Coup d'Etat, And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa

by John Dramani Mahama

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

President of Ghana since July, Mr. Mahama chronicles his coming-of-age during the dismal post-independence "lost decades" of Africa. Mahama offers personal stories, fables, analysis and insight at the country that has long been considered Africa's success story. (WAF171, $16.00)

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

by Ama Ata Aidoo

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A collection of eleven short stories about the lives of women and men in postcolonial Ghana and the tensions between traditional village and urban life; Aidoo's stories emphasize Ghana's prominent oral culture. (WAF23, $14.95)

Bradt Guide Ghana

Bradt Guide Ghana

by Philip Briggs | Hilary Bradt | Annabel Milne

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Complete with maps and town plans, this guide to Ghana features practical information on the country's history, culture and attractions. (WAF27, $26.99)

Ghana Map

Ghana Map

by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful, folded map of Ghana at a detailed scale of 1:500,000. (WAF37, $11.95)

 
Africa, a Biography of the Continent

Africa, a Biography of the Continent


by John Reader

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 816 PAGES

With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa. (AFR49, $20.00)

Born on a Monday, A Photo Documentary of Ghana

Born on a Monday, A Photo Documentary of Ghana


by Carrie Brown

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

Carrie Brown documents the people, culture and daily activities of the village of Woe in Ghana in this striking collection of color photographs. With accompanying essays by Brown and Cross-Cultural Solutions' Ghanaian staff. (WAF79, $24.95)

Captive Passage, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

Captive Passage, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas


by The Mariners' Museum | Smithsonian Inst.

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A companion volume to the exhibition drawn largely from the collections of The Mariners' Museum. (ATL14, $21.95)

Saltwater Slavery, A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora

Saltwater Slavery, A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora


by Stephanie E. Smallwood

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Smallwood offers a clear, engaging study of Slavery and the Middle Passage, drawing upon journals, narratives and letters from slaves transported in harsh conditions across the Atlantic. (WAF115, $22.00)

The Atlantic Slave Trade

The Atlantic Slave Trade


by Herbert Klein

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER

The second edition of Klein's accessible, scholarly overview, organized thematically, looks at 400 years of the Atlantic Slave Trade. (ATL42, $25.99)

The Door of No Return

The Door of No Return


by William St. Clair

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

St. Clair draws on correspondence, government records, artifacts and ship logs for this intimate, absorbing history of Ghana's Cape Coast Castle and its role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. (WAF116, $15.95)

West Africa Before the Colonial Era, A History to 1850

West Africa Before the Colonial Era, A History to 1850


by Basil Davidson

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 257 PAGES

Davidson puts the stories of peoples and empires into context in this lively, scholarly history. With maps, illustrations and a timeline. (WAF07, $68.40)

Indigo, In Search of the Color That Seduced the World


by Catherine E. McKinley

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

The descendant of a clan of Scots who wore indigo tartan, whose ancestors on her father's side were traded along the same Saharan routes as indigo, McKinley brings her own history to this quest to unravel the signficance of this noble dye to West Africa and the world. (WAF155, $27.00)

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes


by Maya Angelou

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A candid memoir of Angelou's experiences in Ghana in the 1960s, just five years after the country's independence from Britain. (WAF24, $14.00)

Kwame Nkrumah, The Father of African Nationalism

Kwame Nkrumah, The Father of African Nationalism


by David Birmingham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 142 PAGES

The tale of the remarkable life of Kwame Nkrumah, the African statesman who championed for independence, won Africans the right to vote and became the president of Ghana in 1960. (WAF34, $16.95)

Lose Your Mother, A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route


by Saidiya Hartman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

An African American herself, Berkeley professor Hartman retraces the trail of captives from the Atlantic coast to the hinterlands of Ghana, probing both her own history and the impact of slavery on 300 years of African and African American history. (WAF145, $15.00)

Somebody's Heart Is Burning, A Woman Wanderer in Africa

Somebody's Heart Is Burning, A Woman Wanderer in Africa


by Tanya Shaffer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Shaffer's vivid account of a year on the road in Africa, much of it in Ghana, where she worked on building schools and other volunteer projects. (WAF80, $13.95)

Changes, A Love Story

Changes, A Love Story


by Ama Ata Aidoo

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A novel from the multitalented author and playwright, in which the independent Esi Sekyi confronts traditional values in marriage, love, career and family in contemporary Ghana. (WAF35, $16.95)

Ghana Must Go

Ghana Must Go


by Taiye Selasi

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A scattered family returns from America to Ghana in the wake of the death of Kweku Sai, a noted surgeon, in this powerful debut novel that explores the immigrant experience and evokes the landscape and people of Accra. (WAF176, $16.00)

Middle Passage

Middle Passage


by Charles Johnson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Winner of the National Book Award, this historical novel, set in 1830, is the richly imagined tale of a recently freed slave in New Orleans who signs aboard a square-rigger bound for Africa. (ATL02, $15.00)

The Seasons of Beento Blackbird

The Seasons of Beento Blackbird


by Akosua Busia

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 367 PAGES

A provocative novel dissecting the issues of marriage and African identity by the daughter of a former Ghanaian prime minister. (WAF42, $24.95)

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist

Birds of Western and Central Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklist


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

An admirably compact, comprehensive guide to 1,500 species throughout Western and Central Africa featuring 109 color plates. (WAF02, $30.95)

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)

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