Saturday, January 6, 2018

Six degrees of separation -No. 1 Detective Agency to The Kite Runner

Okay, here is where Shirley went with this one - to Africa:

Starting book is No. 1 Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. From Goodreads: “Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana's No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.”

Also set in Africa, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun tells the tale of Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960’s.

Moving to Kenya, Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, recounts her extraordinary life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya.

On to Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel is the story of one woman’s struggle to escape an arranged and forced marriage and assert her independence.

Staying in Somalia, A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout is her personal story of being abducted in Somalia, held hostage and her daring escape.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini is a chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Also by Khalid Hosseini, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant set in Afghanistan.

And thus, the Muse and Views books linked by place setting only.

If you would like to see what other participants have posted go to Six Degrees of Separation


  1. So many wonderful titles in your chain this month! I'm a huge fan of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and have also read Half a Yellow Sun. Khalid Hosseini's books are still on my TBR pile, but I do intend to read them, as I've heard wonderful things about them.

  2. I might have to follow a few of these up for my Around the World in 80 Books reading challenge!


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