I did not set out to armchair travel but when I looked at my past year's reading list I noticed that the single common denominator was Africa.
I cannot say. These stories just piqued my interest, one after another.
When I read fiction, I prefer characters that see the world differently than I do.
Give me a story about a chauffeur from Cameroon and his keen observations about life in New York City. A coming of age novel of a teenage girl who learns about her Ethiopian culture from a parking lot attendant in Boston works for me. A novel about a family's storied history with slavery in Ghana reminds me there is so much I do not know about the human condition.
Trevor Noah's funny and poignant memoir, Born a Crime, took me to South Africa. I had wished it had been fiction as his early life was tough and unfathomable but spoiler alert -- it has a good ending!
Get in touch if you'd like a list of fiction with a specific cultural flavor or perhaps some nonfiction to round out the missing pieces of a country's history.