Harmattan from an Arabic word meaning destructive wind tells the story of Haoua, a young girl growing up in a remote village in the Republic of Niger Spirited independent and intelligent, Haoua has benefitted from a stable home life and a loving and attentive mother She enjoys working and

Still Waters in Niger

A New York Times Notable Book for 1999 Best Fiction of 1999, the Los Angeles Times Book Review Starred review, Publishers Weekly Finalist for 1998 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award

Angry Wind: Through Muslim Black Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat, and Camel

Hailed by Bill Bryson and the New York Times Book Review as a rising star among travel writers, Jeffrey Tayler penetrates one of the most isolated, forbidding regions on earth the Sahel This lower expanse of the Sahara, which marks the southern limit of Islam s reach in West and Central Africa,

Zarma Folktales of Niger

Zarma Folktales of Niger presents in English the folklore of the Zarma, a lesser known tribe of West Africa These tales run the gamut from teaching ethical and moral lessons to portraying tricksters to naming animals to farting contests to having fun Humor and an emphasis on living justly bind the

Say You're One of Them

Uwem Akpan s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they ve ever encountered Africa so immediately The eight year old narrator of An Ex Mas Feast needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school Even when

The Epic of Askia Mohammed

Askia Mohammed is the most famous leader in the history of the Songhay Empire, which reached its apogee during his reign in 1493 1528 Songhay, approximately halfway between the present day cities of Timbuktu in Mali and Niamey in Niger, became a political force beginning in 1463, under the

Malaria Dreams: An African Adventure

Malaria Dreams is a tale of high adventure across Africa, recounted with the wit and humor that delighted readers of Night Train to Turkistan, Stuart Stevens highly praised first book A rollicking, off beat African odyssey Publishers Weekly.


Michael Palin s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean This was perhaps the greatest challenge yet to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert.Shrugging aside the perils of camel stew and being

Adventures in Service with Peace Corps in Niger

Following its creation by President Kennedy in 1961, Peace Corps became an icon of American idealism in action on an international scale It inspired a generation of American youth, and it continues to attract thousands of youthful Americans to opportunities for international adventures in service

The Shadow Speaker

In West Africa in 2070, after fifteen year old shadow speaker Ejii witnesses her father s beheading, she embarks on a dangerous journey across the Sahara to find Jaa, her father s killer, and upon finding her, she also discovers a greater purpose to her life and to the mystical powers she

Travels into the Interior of Africa

Park s two journeys to Africa, in 1795 and 1805, provided Europeans with their first reliable descriptions of that continent s interior A vivid recollection and the most readable of all the classics of African exploration.

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period into the dominant array of species every wide eyed child memorizes today, T rex,

The Book of Negroes

Based on a true story, The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata, a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged 11 in 1755, and who, after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnesses the brutal repression of a slave revolt, is sold to a plantation owner in South Carolina, who