Thoreau’s Wildflowers

To be Published in 2016 by Yale University Press

Some of Henry David Thoreau’s most beautiful nature writing was inspired by the flowering trees and plants of Concord. An inveterate year-round rambler and journal keeper, he faithfully recorded, dated, and described his sightings of the floating water lily, the elusive wild azalea, and the late autumn foliage of the scarlet oak.

This inviting selection of Thoreau’s best flower writings is arranged by day of the year and accompanied by Thoreau’s philosophical speculations and his observations of the weather and of other plants and animals. They illuminate the author’s spirituality, his belief in nature’s correspondence with the human soul, and his sense that anticipation—of spring, of flowers yet to bloom—renews our connection with the earth and with immortality.

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African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

Published in 2013 by Lynne Rienner Publishers

African Lives is a pan-African collection of autobiographical writings by Africans of various ethnic groups, from Ibn Battuta to Binyavanga Wainaina. The book is organized by geographical region.

The anthology presents selections from the work of many of Africa's finest writers and most significant personalities from across the continent and spanning several centuries. The introduction and biographical notes enhance the material by providing an important context for the selections and also highlight the challenges that African memoirs pose to the preconceptions of Western readers.

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A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books that Capture the Spirit of Africa

Published in 2007 by Jacana Media

From the desert of Algeria to the savannahs of Kenya and the jungles of Equatorial Guinea, this quintessential reader's guide includes reviews and excerpts from notable books for each of Africa's 54 countries.

A Basket of Leaves explores many of the best-known works on Africa, such as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou (Ghana), The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin (Benin), Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee (South Africa), Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey (Rwanda), and When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head (Botswana).

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