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West with the Night

West with the Night

by Beryl Markham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Beryl Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya, a favorite. (EAF10, $16.00)

Wildlife of East Africa

Wildlife of East Africa

by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages. (EAF108, $19.95)

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion

by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind. (AFR06, $30.00)

Eyewitness Guide Kenya

Eyewitness Guide Kenya

by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date; it's the guide to carry. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions, it also has an overview of parks and habitats and a 50-page field guide. (EAF356, $25.00)

Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map

Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map

by Nelles

  • 2008
  • MAP

A detailed map (1:1,100,000) with inset maps of Lamu, Nairobi and Mombasa. (EAF07, $13.95)

 
Culture Smart! Kenya

Culture Smart! Kenya


by Jane Barsby

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (EAF177, $9.95)

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)

Kenya

Kenya


by Michael Poliza

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

Alternating aerial shots with dramatic landscapes, vivid animal studies and portraits of the Maasai, Poliza's latest stunning book captures the spirit of Kenya and its people. (EAF380, $95.00)

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)

No Picnic on Mount Kenya

No Picnic on Mount Kenya


by Felice Benuzzi

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

This daring tale of the author's escape from a prisoner of war camp to climb Mount Kenya is not just great reading. Benuzzi's account of landscapes, animals and habitats encountered on his way could also be of interest to anyone contemplating scaling the peak. (EAF59, $16.95)

Dreams in a Time of War, A Childhood Memoir

Dreams in a Time of War, A Childhood Memoir


by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Thiong'o captures the landscape, people and culture of rural Kenya in this memoir of growing up through WWII and Kenya's fight for independence in a family with four wives and more than 20 children. (EAF375, $15.00)

I Dreamed of Africa

I Dreamed of Africa


by Kuki Gallman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

This bestseller is a highly personal account of tragedy and magic in Kenya. Italian-born Gallman tells of her move to Ol Ari Nyiro, a ranch set in the highland plain in the shadow of Mount Kenya. (EAF23, $17.00)

My Maasai Life, From Suburbia to Savannah

My Maasai Life, From Suburbia to Savannah


by Robin Wiszowaty

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Wiszowaty's lively memoir of leaving suburban Illinois to join a Maasai community in rural Kenya (where she hauled water, evaded giraffes and lived in a tiny hut with her adoptive family) provides a unique glimpse into the traditions, challenges and unexpected beauty of life in a contemporary Maasai village. (EAF365, $22.95)

Out of Africa

Out of Africa


by Isak Dinesen

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 466 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass. (EAF22, $15.00)

The Flame Trees of Thika

The Flame Trees of Thika


by Elsbeth Huxley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

The classic account of a young woman's life as a pioneering settler in Thika, Kenya. Huxley looks back at her intrepid parents and the home they made together in Kenya's Highlands. (EAF24, $17.00)

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo


by John Henry Patterson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

A reprint of the remarkable 1907 tale of a Victorian adventurer (and later game warden) who set out to build the Mombasa to Uganda railway, a project much confounded when two lions ate much of the work force. (EAF80, $18.95)

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro


by Rick Ridgeway

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Ridgeway recounts his walk from Mount Kilimanjaro across Tsavo National Park to the Indian Ocean in the company of Iain Allan (and an armed guard). It's a perceptive overview of Kenya, its wildlife and conservation by an appreciative observer. (EAF61, $19.99)

The Tree Where Man Was Born

The Tree Where Man Was Born


by Peter Matthiessen

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti. (EAF27, $17.00)

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel


by Nicholas Drayson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Drayson draws on his time in Nairobi for this sweet novel about East Africa society -- revolving, naturally, around birding and the Hunt Ball at the Asadi Club. Reality intervenes in the shape of renegade Somalis. (EAF195, $14.95)

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener


by John Le Carre

  • MYSTERY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

Le Carre opens this nail-biting thriller set in contemporary Kenya with the murder of an idealistic young woman -- en route to deliver major news to Richard Leakey. (EAF382, $16.00)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 156 PAGES

Set in Africa, this collection of 10 prime Hemingway stories includes not just the famous title story but also The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, a chilling masterpiece about an American couple on a big game safari. (EAF26, $14.00)

Africa, The Serengeti

Africa, The Serengeti


by George Casey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • DVD
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. (EAF120, $19.99)

Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning

Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning


by Boyd Norton

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Featuring 250 exquisite color photographs alongside Norton's firsthand accounts of travels in Serengeti National Park, Kenya's Masai Mara and Ngorongoro over a decades-long career. (EAF378, $35.00)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania


by Dale Zimmerman | Donald Turner | David Pearson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Ideal for the Serengeti, this field guide features 124 stunning color plates. (FG39, $35.00)

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 gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

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