Our friends at Seattle Public Library put together a reading list just for our production, with plenty of titles to feed your interest before and after the show.

To view a full annotated list and place holds on items visit
Seattle Public Library’s website.

Africans in America
Unfolding of Ethnic Identity
Streaming Video - 2006
Five families discuss the differences between their expectations and experiences as migrants and those of their children, the first generation coming of age in America.

Africans in Global Migration
Searching for Promised Lands
Book - 2014
This collection of essays provides a foundation for understanding the voluntary or forced migration of Africans and maps their diasporic struggles and challenges as they face loss and navigate new societies.

Mixed Blessings
A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships
by Berlin, Rhoda
Book - 2013
This helpful guide provides insight and awareness of the factors that affect and influence cultural, racial, ethnic and social differences multicultural and multiethnic couples may face.

We Need New Names
A Novel
by Bulawayo, NoViolet
Book - 2013
Ten-year old Darling escapes the dangers of her Zimbabwean shantytown to discover new challenges in America that test her will and determination to succeed.

The New Pilgrims
How Immigrants Are Renewing America's Faith and Values
by Castleberry, Joseph Lee
Book - 2015
Castleberry argues that, as America becomes more secular and diverse, we need to welcome Christian immigrants into a nation whose faith community is diminishing.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola
DVD - 2014
What happens when an Afrikaans man and a Zulu woman fall in love and decide to marry? This romantic comedy revels in humor without sidestepping the difficulty of such a relationship in South Africa.

The Africa Cookbook
Tastes of A Continent
by Harris, Jessica B.
Book - 2010
Create your own culinary tour of the continent. Cook traditional and contemporary recipes from Algeria to Zimbabwe and discover their and other regions’ unique histories of food.

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician
A Novel
by Huchu, Tendai
Book - 2016
Joined together by pursuit or profession, three men from Zimbabwe, two black and one white, struggle to reconcile their past and present lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Living Color
The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color
by Jablonski, Nina G.
Book - 2012
This investigation into the science and social construction of skin color in society traces human migration, the historical roots of color-based discrimination and its continued manifestation today.

African Laughter
Four Visits to Zimbabwe
by Lessing, Doris
Book - 1993
Lessing chronicles the changes in her childhood home since independence by highlighting the divergent views and beliefs that continue to divide descendants of natives and their colonizers.

Dishing Up Minnesota
150 Recipes From the Land of 10,000 Lakes
by Marrone, Teresa
Book - 2016
Taste your way through Minnesota, where FAMILIAR is set, with recipes that celebrate the state’s cultural and culinary diversity. Try Danish Smørrebrød, Somali lamb stew, Hmong Chicken Larb and many other tasty dishes.

When your Children Marry
How Marriage Changes Relationships With Sons and Daughters
by Merrill, Deborah M.
Book - 2011
Generational and cultural gaps are major themes in FAMILIAR. Through interviews with couples and parents, Merrill explores how marriage and family bonds are affected by gender and generational divides.

by Mtukudzi, Oliver
Music CD - 2013
Mtukudzi is one of Zimbabwe’s best-known musicians as well as a philanthropist, businessman, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and human rights activist.

African Fashion, Global Style
Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear
by Rovine, Victoria
Book - 2015
Images of African textiles and adornments provide historical perspective on unique and creative clothing styles designed for the contemporary global fashion market.

Streaming Video - 2013
This short, informative film about Zimbabwe gives a broad overview of the country’s history, economics and political situation.