With Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, her dazzling debut recounting an unconventional childhood in war-ravaged Africa, Alexandra Fuller put a unique spin on the traditional memoir, sharing what is only part of her fascinating life story. Her follow-up, Scribbling the Cat, continues the unique look at her life.
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Date of Birth:
March 29, 1969
Place of Birth:
Glossop, Derbyshire, England
B. A., Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1992
|Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier|
Fuller follows up her acclaimed memoir with this account of her unconventional relationship with a mysterious banana farmer known for being a "tough bugger." Though her father warned her to stay away from the mysterious "K," saying, "Curiosity scribbled the cat," Fuller pursued her strange friendship with this white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war, learning things about her country -- and herself -- she had never dreamed she would come to know.
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|Fuller's Book Club Advice|
|In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Fuller said that if she herself had a book club, "I’d go back and read the classics again -- all those wonderful books that I skimmed through when I was at university (or for which I read the crib notes) because I don’t have the discipline to do them on my own."|
|The Best Book to Read First||Fuller's Reading Recommendations|
|Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood|
Fuller's much-buzzed-about memoir chronicles her childhood in war-torn Africa, with a focus on the complicated relationships between settlers and native Africans, and her own quirky, often melodramatic family life. "It's a riveting read, fueled by engaging and painfully honest prose," according to our Book Club editor.
|The Diving Bell and the Butterfly|
We asked Fuller to tell us about some of her all-time favorite reads. Jean-Dominique Bauby's riveting tale of triumph made Fuller's list; read on to learn more about her other reading recommendations, including:
|Photo by Charlie Ross||