The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil Published by: Windmill Books Release Date: 2019 Genre: Nonfiction; Memoir Format: Paperback Length: 265 Source: Review Copy When Clemantine Wamariya was six years old, her world was torn apart. She didn’t know why her parents began talking in whispers, or why her neighbours started disappearing, or why she could hear distant thunder even when the skies were clear. As the Rwandan civil war raged, Clemantine and her sister Claire were forced to flee their home. They ran for hours, then walked for days, not towards anything, just away. they sought […]
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 […]
I’ll admit to not being especially experimental with my food. Also, I am not one to think about food other than as a means to an end. This could range from satisfying hunger to a companion to my book.
On Becoming by Toke Makinwa Published by: Kachifo Farafina Date of Publication: November 27, 2016 Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir Pages: 124 Source: Gift Get the book Blurb Toke never envisaged that she would be a successful media personality. She began her journey as a bubbly child but grew into a lonely teenager after the devastating loss of both her parents. For so long after, it seemed as though she would never find herself. On Becoming is the real Toke Makinwa telling us what it is like to be one of the most talked about celebrities in Nigeria. She reveals the truth behind her 14-year relationship with the man […]
There Was A Country: A personal history of Biafra by Chinua Achebe Published by: Allen Lane – The Penguin Group Year of Publication: 2012 Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir Pages: 319 Source: Bought Publisher’s Summary The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War. For more than forty years Achebe was silent on those terrible years, until he produced this towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events. A marriage of history, remembrance, poetry and vivid first-hand observation, There Was a Country is a work of wisdom and compassion from one of the great voices of […]
Read my not altogether pleasant review of Emily Ruete’s, also known as Princess Salme of Zanzibar and Oman