May 30, 2013 — In We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo tells the story of Darling and her friends, desperate children who live in a shantytown called Paradise. Although the early chapters are told in a child's voice, there is no whimsy in this novel of a turbulent Zimbabwe.
Jun 6, 2013 — For readers in search of tales that step outside familiar viewpoints, these authors unravel conflict, religion, race and love — from new and different angles. In these novels, a child from the slums, an executed zealot, a reluctant immigrant, a guilty survivor and a suffering mother take center stage.
Oct 13, 2011 — Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writers sum up humanity while Matt Taibbi weighs in on the financial meltdown, Peter Godwin explores Robert Mugabe's reign of terror, Condoleezza Rice reflects on her Alabama childhood, and Hazel Rowley probes Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's unconventional marriage.
Sep 2, 2011 — Alexandra Fuller's memoir traces her family story from England to East Africa. It debuts at No. 4.
Aug 16, 2011 — The author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight follows up with a second memoir — a loving portrait of her eccentric mother. Alexandra Fuller tells the story of a young British woman raised in Kenya — a madcap adventuress with a predilection for drama.
Aug 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 30, 2011 — African journalist Peter Godwin returned to his native Zimbabwe in 2008 to follow the presidential election. He writes about President Robert Mugabe's refusal to give up power — and Mugabe's torture campaign against opposition supporters — in The Fear.
Mar 24, 2011 — In 2008, Robert Mugabe carried out a campaign of violence and terror against the people of Zimbabwe. In The Fear, African journalist Peter Godwin takes on the story, chronicling his travels through the country. Critic Susan J. Gilman says this chilling portrait turns us all into witnesses.
Nov 11, 2010 — The best stories creep under your skin and stay there. Kathryn Erskine recommends three gripping, unsettling reads with resolute, compelling narrators. These are stories that you just can't shake.
Dec 9, 2008 — In 1984, author Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages to Zimbabwe. He started to chronicle the nation's downward spiral in the hands of Robert Mugabe's regime. Godwin talks about his new book, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir Of Africa.