Release Day:Here and Gone

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by Haylen Beck
Published: June 20th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group
Mystery Thriller
4.5 Stars

 

I read this about a month ago and I really enjoyed it! It’s out now and you can also get to love it as much as I did!

Audra Kinney is on the run. She has her two kids in the backseat and a trunk full of everything she dimmed essential to haul across the country. They are on their way to California from New York to start a new life. Audra’s husband was abusive and she finally got the courage to leave him. The only problem is that he has sent the child services after her because he claims she is an unfit mother. This means that every cop car she comes across spooks her out and so she tries to be on her best behavior. But everything goes wrong when they are driving through Arizona. Continue reading

Dead Aid:Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa

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by Dambisa Moyo
Published
Nonfiction
3 Stars

I have been meaning to read this book for the last three years. I took a class and the lecturer brought it up a number of times, discussing Moyo’s valid points as well as some flaws in her solutions. I quickly forgot about the book as soon as I was done with that class. But a friend of mind reminded me of it recently and thanks to that I have read it. Continue reading

Holding Up the Universe

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by Jennifer Niven
Published October 4th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf
Young Adult
3.5 Stars

“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”

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Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges

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by Ciku Kimeria
Published December 13th 2013
Fiction
3 Stars

 

“It really is a strange situation to find oneself in – that of attending your own funeral. If anyone told me that the day would come when I would get to listen to my own eulogy, see old lost friends shed a tear and notice the absence of those I had assumed would be at my funeral, I would have thought them mad.”

I am still trying to find contemporary Kenyan authors. I’ve been looking for a while now and I always end up being told of short stories and novellas. The only one I can consider a novel is Dust by Yvonne Owuor Adhiambo and maybe The Last Villains of Molo by Kinyanjui Kombani. I had heard about Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges from my sister and for the longest time I just could not pick up the book and read it. She gave that ‘meh’ answer when I asked her how it was. The story line sounds intriguing but the constant disappointment when looking for modern literature from Kenyans had put me down too. Continue reading

Half of a Yellow Sun

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by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published September 12th 2006 by Knopf
Fiction/Historical Fiction
4 Stars

 

“The real tragedy of our postcolonial world is not that the majority of people had no say in whether or not they wanted this new world; rather, it is that the majority have not been given the tools to negotiate this new world.”

This is a book about the Biafran War that took place in the late sixties. The author gives a narrative that shows the events leading up to the war and the lives of the characters during the war. The Biafran War, also known as the Nigerian Civil War, was an attack to stop the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. It was written is such an intriguing way, there was no point I felt like the book was too long. I know for a fact that I never learned about this from my teachers, it might have been mentioned in passing at one point but I never knew all the details. I was in high school the first time I read this book and that’s when I knew a country called Biafra existed at some point in time. Continue reading