From the 12/31/04 issue of The New York Sun.
THELMA GOLDEN is the chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
My favorites this year are all focused on Africa, a current obsession. Howard French’s “A Continent for the Taking: the Tragedy and Hope of Africa” (Alfred A. Knopf, 304 pages, $25) is necessary reading for anyone interested in the continent and trying to make sense of the current complex political, social, and cultural environment. I also loved Chimomanda Ngozi Adiche’s novel “Purple Hibisucus” (Alfred A. Knopf, 320 pages, $13) and Chris Abani’s novel “Graceland” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 336 pages, $24).