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African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

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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 stories range from bittersweet to violent, wistful to seductive, leaving a deep emotional impression.…This volume is full of memorable anecdotes and images right through the f
Published March 1st 2013 by Lynne Rienner Publishers
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"In African Lives, Geoff Wisner’s selection of memoirs (inclusive of an interview, a speech, and court testimony) and autobiographical works answers the need for a collection of “true-life narratives” about the people of Africa.... Geoff Wisner has made a wonderful contribution to the emerging tradition." - Adele Newson-Horst, Morgan State University

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Geoff is the author of A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa and the editor of African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies and Thoreau's Wildflowers, a collection of excerpts from Thoreau's Journal with drawings by Barry Moser. He is currently at work on a follow-up volume, Thoreau's Wildflowers, to be published by Yale University Press in 2017.

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