We ❤️ Books from African and Haitian authors

 

Donald Trump thinks that Haiti and other African nations are "sh*thole countries"—boy is he wrong. Since 1970 the Feminist Press has been publishing brilliant books from these so-called "sh*tholes," from the Women Writing Africa series, a landmark five-volume collection seeking to document and map the extraordinary and diverse landscape of African women's oral and written literatures to forthcoming titles like La Bastarda, which will be the first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English. There are many more books, each unique in their narrative and point of origin, and we love them and the places they come from.

We'll take this moment to reiterate the power of books. A book lets you travel the world without leaving your home. You can traverse time, experience a new identity, and gain much-needed perspective. Books foster empathy, and through that, the foreign becomes more familiar. That's why we never publish the same story twice. We live in a diverse world where every story deserves to be told and it's the duty of every reader to explore them.

While it's by no means comprehensive, here's our list of titles you should read in support and celebration of the countries Trump disparaged. Let's lift them up.

 
 
 
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12.76 15.95

Ama Ata Aidoo
A love story in a world where the working lives of women have changed, but cultural assumptions have not. 

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La Bastarda
12.76 15.95

Trifonia Melibea Obono
A teenage orphan’s quest of self-discovery.

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David's Story
15.16 18.95

Zoe Wicomb
"A tremendous achievement and a huge step in the remaking of the South African novel."

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No Sweetness Here
11.96 14.95

Ama Ata Aidoo
And Other Stories

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The Amputated Memory
19.96 24.95

Werewere Liking
Noma Award-winning novel called "a deeply felt presentation of the female condition in Africa."

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You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town
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You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town
13.56 16.95

Zoe Wicomb
The South African novel of identity that "deserves a wide audience".

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Born in the Big Rains
12.76 15.95

Fadumo Korn and Sabine Eichhorst
Fadumo's childhood ends at seven when an "excisor" cuts out her "impurity".

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Children of the New World
12.76 15.95

Assia Djebar
A Novel of the Algerian War
 

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To Stir the Heart
10.36 12.95

Bessie Head and Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Love and hope in four stories by two great African writers.
 

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The Present Moment
12.76 15.95

Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
A novel that pays tribute to the lives of seven aging women.

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The Rape of Sita
13.56 16.95

Lindsay Collen
"Beautifully written, powerful, and wise."

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Across Boundaries
18.36 22.95

Mamphela Ramphele
The Journey of a South African Woman Leader

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Coming to Birth
12.76 15.95

Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
The winner of the Sinclair Prize: a powerful novel of a young Kenyan woman's journey.
 

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Harem Years
14.36 17.95

Huda Shaarawi
The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879–1947

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Waiting
11.16 13.95

Goretti Kyomuhendo
Remote Ugandans survive the end of Idi Amin's rule.

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The Hunter Maiden
11.96 14.95

Edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps
Feminist Folktales from Around the World: Volume IV

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Our Women Writing Africa series:

Women Writing Africa, Volume I
25.00 75.00

Edited by M.J. Daymond, Dorothy Driver, et al.
The Southern Region

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Women Writing Africa, Volume II
23.96 29.95

Edited by Esi Sutherland Addy and Aminata Diaw
The West and the Sahel
 

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Women Writing Africa, Volume III
23.96 29.95

Edited by Amandina Lihamba, Fulata L. Moyo, et al.
The Eastern Region

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Women Writing Africa, Volume IV
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Women Writing Africa, Volume IV
23.96 29.95

Edited by Fatima Sadiqi, Amira Nowaira, et al.
The Northern Region
 

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Women Writing Africa, Volume IV
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Women Writing Africa, Volume IV
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Edited by Fatima Sadiqi, Amira Nowaira, et al.
The Northern Region
 

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From our friends at Akashic Books:

Mouths Don't Speak
By Katia D. Ulysse
The Haitian Revolution (Revolutions)
By Toussaint L'Ouverture
 

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Lucia Brown