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message 1: by Diane , Head Librarian (last edited Dec 31, 2018 04:15PM) (new)


message 2: by Diane , Head Librarian (last edited Jul 01, 2018 07:00PM) (new)

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Finally beginning my horizontal trek across Africa, starting with The Gambia and Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster.

I enjoyed this book that looked at three possible outcomes for a woman's life based upon the decisions made in one day.

My landmark is Kunta Kinteh Island in The Gambia. Ruins associated with colonialism and slavery can still be seen on the island. The island is only 1/6th of its original size due to erosion.


Kunta Kinteh Island

Points:

Book 5 pts
Landmark 4 pts
Picturer of landmark 1 pt
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Total: 10 points


message 3: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Eastward into Senegal with Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye.

Points:

Book 5 pts
Landmark 4 pts
Picturer of landmark 1 pt
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Total: 10 points
Running Total: 10 points

My landmark is Lake Retba. Its waters are pink due to an algae that grows in it. It is also known for its high salt content:


Lake Retba


message 4: by Diane , Head Librarian (last edited Jul 12, 2018 07:45PM) (new)

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Going Northeast to Mauritania with Angels of Mauritania and the Curse of the Language by Mohamed Bouya Bamba Angels of Mauritania and the Curse of the Language by Mohamed Bouya Bamba.

Points:

Book 4 pts
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 24 points


Village in Mauritania


message 5: by Diane , Head Librarian (last edited Jul 14, 2018 05:54AM) (new)

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Since Mauritania was a hub this week, I traveled round trip to Tunisia, which was also a hub. My book was The Perfumed Garden The Perfumed Garden by Umar Ibn Muhammed Al-Nefzawi.

Points:

Book 4 pts (Tunisian author)
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 28 points


Ribat of Monastir, Tunisia


message 6: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Visited Mali with The Lieutenant of Kouta (African Humanities and the Arts) by Massa Makan Diabaté The Lieutenant of Kouta by Massa Makan Diabaté.

Points:

Book 4 pts (Mali author)
Landmark: 4 pts
Picture of landmark: 1 pt
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 37 points


Landmark: Great Mosque of Djenne in Timbuktu


message 7: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Guinea: The Guardian of the Word by Camara Laye The Guardian of the Word by Camara Laye.

Points:

Book 4 pts (Guinean author)
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 41 points


Maritime Guinea


message 8: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Sierra Leone: Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah.

Points:

Book 5 pts
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Total: 5 points
Running total: 46 points




message 9: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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I used the hub status of Sierra Leone to skip over Liberia into Cote d'Ivoire with As The Crow Flies by Véronique Tadjo As The Crow Flies by Véronique Tadjo.

Points:

Book 4 pts
Landmark 4 pts
Photo of Landmark 1 pt
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Total: 9 points
Running total: 55 points


Featured landmark: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace


message 10: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Burkina Faso: Folktales from the Moose of Burkina Faso by Alain-Joseph Sissao Folktales from the Moose of Burkina Faso by Alain-Joseph Sissao.

Points:

Book 4 pts (native author)
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 59 points


Tiebele house decorations in Burkina Faso


message 11: by Diane , Head Librarian (last edited Oct 07, 2018 03:14PM) (new)

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I used the hub status of Burkina Faso to travel to Malawi with soft magic. by Upile Chisala soft magic. by Upile Chisala.

Points:

Book 4 pts (native author)
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Total: 4 points
Landmark 4 pts
Photo of Landmark 1 pt
Running total: 68 points


Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi (Featured landmark: Lake Malawi)


message 12: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Benin: Snares Without End by Olympe Bhêly-Quenum Snares Without End by Olympe Bhêly-Quenum.

Points:

Book 3 pts (native author)
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Total: 3 points
Running total: 71 points


Tata Somba


message 13: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Nigeria: The Spider King's Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo The Spider King's Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo.

Points: 4
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 75 points


Indanre Hills, Nigeria


message 14: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Chad: A Teenager in the Chad Civil War A Memoir of Survival, 1982-1986 by Esaie Toingar A Teenager in the Chad Civil War: A Memoir of Survival, 1982-1986 by Esaie Toingar.

Points: 4
Landmark: 4 Points (Lake Chad)
Photo of landmark: 1 Point
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Total: 9 points
Running total: 84 points


Lake Chad


message 15: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Central African Republic: Song from the Forest My Life among the Pygmies by Louis Sarno Song from the Forest: My Life Among the Ba-Benjelle Pygmies by Louis Sarno.

Points: 3
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Total: 3 points
Running total: 87 points


Forest in Central African Republic


message 16: by Diane , Head Librarian (new)

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Reached the east coast with The Translator by Leila Aboulela The Translator by Leila Aboulela for Sudan.

Points: 4
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Total: 4 points
Running total: 91 points


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