American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
I read this novel set in the Congo shortly after having seen the documentary "Shake Hands with the Devil", about Romeo Dallaire's experience in Rwanda. They both made me angry at the world's instigation of and/or response to African crises. Then again, it's easy for me to sit here safe on my high horse and talk about it...