- Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux – I fell in love with this book instantly. An all encompassing account of eastern countries of Africa from top to bottom. It’s similar to my Asia favorite, A Fortune Teller Told Me. I felt like I went on vacation and didn’t have to leave the couch. Highly Recommend
- Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen – I’m not sure how they got a movie out of the book. It must be about the last couple chapters. Old school in its view of Africans and the land, it wasn’t my favorite but not a bad read.
- Unbowed by Wangari Maathai – An interesting look at social activism in Kenya. Maathai is an example of the strong, female leader the world needs to see more of.
- A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah – This powerful account of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone was captivating. For the first time in years I finished a book in one day. Recommend
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This book allowed me to see the differences between African countries and their people. I stay away from modern literature but this novel was worth the read.
- This Child Will Be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Political memoirs always leave me a little skeptical but it was fascinating to learn about the Liberian president. This book also provided the best example of why I’m doing this project – I had no idea Liberia was founded by America.
Part one’s movie choice is sentimental in honor of Lauren BaCall. Admittedly, The African Queen is a dated film but it’s classic. It stars BaCall’s husband, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn. I enjoy the stories about The African Queen more than the film itself. Hepburn recounted entertaining tales from the Congo in her book The Making of the African Queen or How I went to Africa with Bogart, BaCall and Huston and almost lost my mind. The memoir is a fun easy read that is worth picking up if you can find it (I own it).