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My Favorite African Memoirs

Claire Datnow
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?"
Conversations with Myself
Conversations with Myself
"Nelson Mandela is a great statesman who steered South Africa in to a miraculously peaceful transition out of the draconian grip of Apartheid."
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa
"Godwin's memoir deftly weaves his personal history with the country's difficult political events."
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
"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."
Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: A Memoir
Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: A Memoir
"DatnowÂ’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."
The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
"A wonderful and touching memoir that has become a classic of what it was like to live on an African farm in the early twentieth century."
Living in Hope and History: Notes from Our Century
Living in Hope and History: Notes from Our Century
"Dating from the dark days of apartheid through the present, the collection offers a moving account of South Africa's struggle and its final triumph."
Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
"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."
Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider
Sometimes There Is a Void: Memoirs of an Outsider
"An out siders view of living in three different words."
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