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Welcome Home Little Baby
by Lisa Harper
This a sweet adoption book for parents of babies adopted from Ethiopia, other African countries, as well as for parents adopting African American babies is a cozy way to welcome your adopted baby home. A short poem is illustrated with white parents with an adorable black baby girl in various fun, familiar settings. Suitable for babies and toddlers up to about age 3 or 4, this book is likely to become a favorite for many years.
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There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children
by Melissa Fay Greene
"A heartwarming story about adoption, a stark account of the African AIDS crisis and its effect on children, and a page-turning drama about one Ethiopian woman trying to make a difference. A grim topic to be sure, but I found myself laughing as well as crying as I raced through this book as fast as I could." Susan Poisson-Dollar
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Exotic Ethiopian Cooking : Sociey, Culture, Hospitality, and Traditions. Revised Extended Edition.
by Daniel J. Mesfin

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Ethiopia, the Unknown Land: A Cultural and Historical Guide
by Stuart Munro-Hay
From the publisher: Ethiopia is a great undiscovered country. Few, in recent times, have journeyed there or have any conception of the extraordinary cultural treasures that await visitors. Stuart Munro-Hay knows the country intimately, having lived and researched there over many years. Here, he has produced the first truly comprehensive guide to the monuments of this beautiful land, steeped in culture.
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Africa : A Biography of the Continent (Vintage)
by John Reader "
"A comprehensive synthesis drawing upon disciplines from geography, geology, and biology to anthropology to explain Africa's history and development. Long, but readable, with some sections relating specifically to Ethiopia." (Adoption Advocates International)
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John Reader produced a second book in 2001, also called Africa, a comprehensive illustrated companion guide to the eight week PBS film series.
The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years
by Allison Abner, Linda Villarosa, Anne C. Beal

"The Black Parenting Book is a thoughtful, comprehensive resource for parents of young African, African-American or biracial children from three African American mothers with impressive writing credentials and experience. Intermingled with solid advice on child care, the authors offer thoughtful and positive advice on parenting black children, addressing key topics such as how to care for hair of black children, and instill a sense of pride in the process. With insights on parenting from babyhood to preschool this well informed book would be a great resource for new adoptive parents or parents to be."
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Spectrum Guide to Ethiopia
by Camerapix, Barbara Lawrence Balletto Editor
Guide to Ethiopian culture, places, history, geography, food, art, religion, visitors' needs, wildlife, and more.
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Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Eritrea
by Frances Linzee Gordon, Jean-Bernard Carillet
"Many AAI parents are fans of the Lonely Planet Guide Series for cultural/historical information and travel advice." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook) (Paperback)
by Tilahun Kebede, Catherine Snow
"A guide to give you some basic travel phrases. Note: it is organized by topic and has no index so it can take some time to find what you're looking for." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Concise Amharic Dictionary: Amharic-English English-Amharic
by Wolf Leslau
"Popular dictionary used by parents with older children." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Talk Now! Learn Amharic - Beginning Level
By EuroTalk

"An interactive software program by Eurotalk." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Colloquial Amharic; The Complete Course for Beginners
by D. Appleyard
A thorough course on Amharic--the official language of Ethiopia--complete with up-to-date vocabulary, situation-based conversations, and a variety of exercises with an answer key. Book, CD or cassette are each sold seperately at Amazon.
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Notes from the Hyena's Belly : An Ethiopian Boyhood
by Nega Mezlekia
"At turns funny and sad, this memoir of the author's youth in rural Ethiopia and his education in Addis is a great and readable introduction to the turmoil of recent Ethiopian history." (Adoption Advocates International)
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A novel by the same author The God Who Begat A Jackal (2003) is set in 18th century Abyssinia and is a love story amid vassal uprisings and the Crusades." (Adoption Advocates International)

Layers of Time : A History of Ethiopia
by Paul B. Henze
"An overview of Ethiopian history from the remote past to modern times, including geological and cultural elements."
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Surrender or Starve : Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea (Vintage Departures)
by Robert D. Kaplan
"A veteran journalist examines the reasons behind the famines in the 1980's, and explores the ethnic, religious and class conflicts that are important for understanding the region now. First published in 1988, updated edition 2003." (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Shadow of the Sun
by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"Stories from four decades of this journalist's travels in Africa." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Also by Kapuscinski, The Emperor (1989) contains stories of Selassie's life of luxury while the common folk were close to starvation." (Adoption Advocates International)

A History of Ethiopia Updated Edition
by Harold G. Marcus
"Updated 2000 version. Ethiopian history to the fall of the Mengistu government in 1991." (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Blue Nile
by Alan Moorehead
"A chronicle of the author's travel on a National Geographic Expedition." (Adoption Advocates International)
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The Ethiopians: A History (Peoples of Africa)
by Richard Pankhurst
"The author is a professor at the Institute for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Marxist Modern: An Ethnographic History of the Ethiopian Revolution
by Donald L. Donham
"As the title suggests, a more academic look at recent Ethiopian history." (Adoption Advocates International)
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Ethiopia: The Bradt Travel Guide (4th edition)
by Philip Briggs
"Good general travel reference with nice photos." (Adoption Advocates International)
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