By Chris Abani
An intensely vivid portrait of Nigeria that switches deftly between rural and urban life (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24).
America's Greatest Naturalist and the Making of "The Birds of America"
By Duff Hart-DavisAudubon's years as an entrepreneur in early 19th-century America and England (Holt, $27.50).
A Chance Meeting:
Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967
By Rachel Cohen
A story of race, politics, and celebrity from the Victorian era to the 1960s (Random House, $25.95).Snakepit
By Moses Isegawa
In the 1970s, an ambitious Ugandan returns to his homeland and becomes ensnared in the excesses of Amin's regime (Knopf, $24).
Dancing With Cuba:
A Memoir of the
By Alma Guillermoprieto
The author's recollections of teaching dance in 1970 Havana constitute a vivid chronicle (Pantheon, $25).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.