Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kenya Grown-Up Books

Unbowed: A Memoir
by Wangari Maathai

I noticed that a lot of the children's books about Kenya were about a woman named Wangari Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. We're reading two of them. As a compliment, I'm going to read Wangari Maathai's memoir Unbowed. Also, for our giving back activity this month, we'll donate to Maathai's organization (so hopefully I still feel inspired after reading her book!).

Another book that I've read that I would highly recommend, if you prefer fiction, is:
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
by M.G. Vassanji
The main character is an African-Indian and it is historical fiction at its best, spanning Kenya's fight for independence and the post-colonial era.

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