Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama Narrated by: Michelle Obama Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Release Date: November 2018 Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir Format: Audiobook Length: 19 hrs 3 mins Source: Bought Find It: Audible An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in […]

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Book Review – She Called Me Woman (Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak)

She Called Me Woman (Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak) edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan and Raffeat Aliyu Published by: Cassava Republic Press Release Date: 2018 Genre: Non-Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 357 Source: Bought Find It: Cassava Republic This stirring and intimate collection brings together 30 unique narratives. To paint a vivid portrait of what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman. Covering an array of experiences – the joy and excitement of first love, the agony of lost love and betrayal. The sometimes-fraught relationship between sexuality and spirituality, addiction and suicide, childhood games and laughter. She Called Me Woman sheds light on how Nigerian […]

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What Sunny Saw In The Flames by Nnedi Okorafor

What Sunny Saw In The Flames by Nnedi Okorafor. Release Date:  2011 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 218 Source: Bought Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, thirteen-year-old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino. Her eyes are so sensitive to the sun that she has to wait until evening to play football. Apart from being good at the beautiful game, she has a special gift: she can see into the future. At school, she soon becomes part of a special quartet with unique powers. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha explore this exciting realm of strange creatures […]

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Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Publisher: Kachifo Farafina Release Date: 2018 Genre: Fantasy Format: Paperback Length: 249 Source: Bought Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves […]

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Jazz by Toni Morrison

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Jazz by Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (Vintage) Release Date: 2001 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 219 Source: Bought In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. My Thoughts First notes: Joe shot his […]

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