Blog posts tagged with 'africa'

Summer Reading
EAF448As the weather warms that list of summer reading keeps piling up, a tantalizing tower of intriguing stories, ready to transport you to new lands. Here are some paperbacks we recommend packing for your next trip to the beach! Circling the Sun. In this work of historical fiction, Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife (FRN981), reimagines 1920s Kenya and the extraordinary life of record-setting aviatrix Beryl Markham.
Best Travel Books of 2015
Looking for some book recommendations for 2016? As you begin planning you travels for the New Year, don't miss the top ten travel books of 2015. Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye. When her American father passes away, Marie Mutsuki Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. Her relatives own a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and after the 2011 tsunami, radiation levels prohibit the burial of her grandfather.
Light and Dust
Behind every photograph in the luxurious photo collection Light and Dust, Images and Stories from the Wild of East Africa is the prodigious passion of Italian photographer Federico Veronesi. His love for the Masai Mara drove Veronesi to his vocations as a wildlife guide, environmental activist and photographer -- and also to long mornings hiding in the backseat of his car watching antelopes, exhausting days of searching and dark nights of camping, “feeling like the only human on earth.” His photography searches for the still moments of “now” that overshadow Veronesi’s deep concerns for the area’s conservation.
Okavango Delta
Kindly contributed by Geoffrey Kent, co-owner of the luxury travel giant Abercrombie & Kent. In his new book, Safari, A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, Kent recounts his journey from his first safari in Nairobi with nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover to his professional role in shaping today's travel industry. Relating exhilarating stories of growing up barefoot in the African bush and riding his motorcycle across the continent, Kent takes the reader on an inspiring tour around the globe.
  Travel has been my life for the last 50 years, so I’m often asked where my favorite place in the world is.
Circling the Sun
On the heels of her internationally acclaimed The Paris Wife, Paula McLain has written a second historical novel based on the life of another overlooked woman from the early 1900s. While her previous book was about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, Circling the Sun follows Beryl Markham, a woman Hemingway deeply admired and, as rumor has it, propositioned unsuccessfully on safari. In fact, Hemingway so esteemed Markham’s memoir West with the Night that he was “completely ashamed of [himself] as a writer.
Fortunes of Africa
In writing a history book that clocks in at over 700 pages and seems as vast as the continent itself, African expert Martin Meredith (The Fate of Africa, Born in Africa) has somehow crafted an inviting -- even exciting -- read with his new book The Fortunes of Africa. It’s hard to imagine a book being more complete in scope, moving from the pharaohs of ancient Egypt through the last millennium.
In Memoriam: Nadine Gordimer
Africa has lost yet another of its unique literary voices. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer passed away in Johannesburg on July 13, leaving behind over two dozen works of fiction as well as personal and critical essays. Many of Gordimer’s ambitious novels led her deep into the heart of South Africa’s conflict over apartheid. The Conservationist, Gordimer's subtle Booker Prize-winning novel, portrays a wealthy South African industrialist who struggles to preserve his way of life, his power and his possessions in the face of massive injustice. 
The Mercator maps we studied in grade school misinformed us. Africa is huge. You might imagine it a little larger than Greenland, but it's roughly about the size of Europe combined with South America. Yet, though the safari-lover and the nature tourist often get close, most of us don't make it to the heart of Africa. As well as being difficult to reach, parts of the inner continent are perpetually on the brink of tribal and civil war. Consequently, many Westerners comfortably replace a travel experience with Heart of Darkness, keeping Africa at a safe distance. That is why a book like
The Radiance of Tomorrow
Even as we return from our holiday travels and time spent with family to head into a new year, voices from distant lands can sound surprisingly close and deeply resonant. Take, for example, Ishmael Beah's words about his decision to write his new novel, The Radiance of Tomorrow: "How do you try to shape a future if you have a past that's still pulling at you?" he wonders. "People go back home with different nostalgias. The younger generation returns because their parents and grandparents have told them stories about how this place used to be. The older people are holding onto tradition. You have all of this push and pull; people are trying to live together.
Andapa, Madagascar
Kindly Contributed by Hilary Bradt, Founder of Bradt Guides, celebrating 40 years in 2014. Hilary will be giving a talk on Wild Adventures and Extreme Publishing at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, March 19-23, 2014.
The men listened respectfully as the Président du Fokontany delivered his speech about mutual co-operation. With its soft consonants and lilting cadences the Malagasy language is ideally suited to oratory and this village chief was obviously a master of the art.