The list author says: "The most fascinating memoirs vividly depict life in a particular time and place, and weave the intimate personal stories into the historical and political events shaping that country and the lives of its people. What memoirs are on your list of favorites?"
"Fuller vividly recalls her coming of age in Rhodesia as a long civil war raged in neighboring Mozambique and her own country slid down the violent path toward an independent, African Nationalist regime."
"Datnow’s memoir of growing up in South Africa deftly conjures up the era's blatant racism, the rich African landscape, and her struggle as a young adult to come to terms with the wrongdoings of that dark era."
"In this emotional chronicle of growing up black in South Africa, a young writer makes us feel the horrors of apartheid. Living illegally in a shanty outside Johannesburg, Mathabane and his family endured the heartbreak and hopelessness of poverty and the violence of sadistic police and tsotsi gangs."