Saturday, April 09, 2005

East Africa: Recommended Reading and Viewing

I am showing photos from my family’s safari in Tanzania and Kenya at the Indian Prairie Library District next Thursday, April 14. I am recommending these items from the library’s collection to the viewers. I have included that library’s call numbers.

The Africa Diaries : an illustrated memoir of life in the bush by Dereck and Beverly
Jourbet (591.96 Jourbet) – This couple takes amazing wildlife photographs. They also take risks that you should not take. They include many interesting animal stories.

The Circle of Life : wildlife on the African savannah by Anup and Manoj Shah (591.96 Shah) - More really high quality photographs of the Serengeti with ecological discussion.

The Ghosts of Tsavo: tracking the mystery lions of East Africa by Philip Caputo (599. 757 Caputo) – The author tries to find the truth behind the legendary man-eating lions who halted construction of the railway in Kenya.

Into Africa by Craig Packer (599.051 Packer) – The author tells about his career observing the lions and other species of East Africa.

The Safari Companion: guide to watching African mammals by Richard Estes (on order) – A great reference book that explains African mammal behavior species by species.

Wonders of the African World by Henry Louis Gates (960 Gates) – The history of African civilizations is also fascinating.

Birds of Kenya and Tanzania by Dale A. Zimmerman - Indian Praire does not have this book yet, but every family going to East Africa needs to have a copy of this book.


Indian Prairie has three novels by one of Africa’s best novelists. You learn a lot about the region while enjoying good stories.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong’o


Africa by National Geographic Television (DVD 960 Africa) – This series ran on PBS a couple of years ago. It focuses more on the people who shape the environment than the wildlife. Individuals from many ethnic groups are profiled.

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