Guess Which Country We're Visiting This Spring

Imagine an awe-inspiring beautiful country filled with white sand beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers, canyons, mountains, lush jungle, & desert.

What country comes to mind?

What if I added in 27 years of war in your life time, vast mineral & petroleum reserves, & noted an enclave was separated from the main land of this country by a 37-mile (60-km) wide strip of a completely different country? (An enclave that is also ethnically & linguistically separate from the rest of the country, & is far richer.)

If you still can’t guess, would it help or confuse you if I added in that its cuisine is heavily influenced by the Portuguese?

(I bet you’re now trying to picture Portugal on a map & remember what countries Portugal invaded.)

So What country are we reading next?

A West Coast country of South-central Africa: the Republic of Angola! (And that enclave is called Cabinda.)

In researching Angola, what moved me most was the powerful trailer below of a documentary detailing “four war veterans and former enemies of the South Africa/Angola conflict who journey back to past battlefields deep within the African interior in search of reconciliation, forgiveness, and possibly even atonement.”

From My Heart of Darkness ( We are all here for the same reason—driven by the need to understand…to set off on a frightening journey into the darkest of our hearts.”


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Just let us know your Angolan suggestions by Fri., March. 15 11PM ET. (That's NYC time. See this converted to your local time below.)

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We'll use 2 suggestions from book club members, 2 suggestions from Mia (the book club co-founder), & 2 of my suggestions to compile a list of 6 books on which book club members will provide their thoughts. The book judged as best from the list will then be read.

Please note - We're specific in our books, they must: 

  • Largely occur in the location specified unless the world described is an alternate reality

  • Be written by an author born there who has spent a good portion of their life there

  • Exist in paperback & ebook available on both Amazon & Kindle at least in the US & hopefully elsewhere