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Listed below are books we recommend, starting with our own book: Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa. It won an Eric Hoffer Book Award.

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AIDS/Orphans

Book cover: Face to Face
Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis In Africa

by Karen Ande and Ruthann Richter

This book offers a moving portrayal of life in Africa in the shadow of HIV/AIDS. It combines photography and narrative to capture the hopes and joys, struggles and sorrows of orphaned children left to survive on their own, often caring for younger siblings. It pays homage to the care-giving grannies, the little-known heroes of Africa, who have kept families together as traditionals social networks collapse. It also presents some of the special challenges faced by children who are living with HIV. Finally, the book profiles some of the activists -- the energetic people working at the grassroots level to help restore the well-being of thousands of children and families affected by the epidemic.

Book cover: 28 Stories of AIDS
28 Stories of AIDS in Africa

by Stephanie Nolen

This book contains 28 stories, one for every million people infected by AIDS in Africa. The author introduces us to people affected by the epidemic from truck drivers to artists, orphans, doctors, beauty queens, farmers, moms and dads. This book is the story of their fight to live with dignity and hope against huge odds.

Book cover: There Is No Me Without You
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children

by Melissa Fay Greene

Heregewoin Teferra is an Ethiopian widow who has sheltered and cared for hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. This book is about her struggles, triumphs and the enormous light she brings to the orphan's world. A must-see book for anyone moved by children's issues or considering international adoption.

Book cover: We Are All the Same
We Are All The Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love

by Jim Wooten

When South African Nkosi Johnson died of AIDS at the age of 12 years, his obituary ran on the front pages of newspapers worldwide. In Nelson Mandela's words, Nkosi was "an icon in the struggle for life" for millions of Africans and any of us who care about the fate of children. Nkosi's story is told by Jim Wooten, ABC correspondent.

Book cover: Race Against Time
Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa

by Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis notes in this book "it's simply impossible to tear the productive generations out of the heart of a country without facing an incomparable crisis." Lewis, until 2007 the United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, examines head-on the causes of the AIDS crisis in Africa, the search for solutions and the indifference of the international community.

Rwanda

Book cover: An Ordinary Man
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

by Paul Rusesabagina

Mr. Rusesabagina's story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda". He was the manager of the luxury hotel Milles Collines when the world came apart for Rwandans in April 1994. This book chronicles his effort to save the 1286 refugees living in his hotel in the crucible of the Rwandan genocide.

Book cover: Left to Tell
Left To Tell: Finding God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

by Immaculee Ilibagiza

This book is a testament to survival, faith and the power of forgiveness to transform lives. Ms. Ilibagiza and seven other women hid in a pastor's home for 3 months as the genocide raged. She emerged to find her parents and all but one brother dead. How she survived the killing and its aftermath is a lesson in grace.

Africa General

Book cover: A Primate's Memoir
A Primate's Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa

by Robert Sapolsky

In this funny and endearing book, neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky confesses that on childhood trips to the Museum of Natural History "I would spend hours at the African dioramas, wishing to live in one." Sapolsky, who has done groundbreaking research on stress in primates, spent 20 field seasons studying baboons in the Serengeti. His scientific discoveries, life with the rambunctious animals, and coming of age in the topsy-turvy world of East Africa weave a tale both hilarious and brilliant. I've purchased at least 30 copies of this book as gifts for friends. Don't miss it!

Book cover: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

This is the first in a very popular series of detective fiction based in Botswana. His heroine, Precious Ramotswe, is a woman of "traditional build" and enormous heart who is drawn to her profession for the love of people and desire to help them.

Book cover: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Beatrice's Goat

by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter

Beatrice was 9 years old and wanted more than anything to go to school. But her family was too poor to afford it, and then Heifer International gave them a dairy goat...