ONE OF US IS LYING BY KAREN M. MCMANUS: A BOOK REVIEW
On Twitter, I met a lady who suggested I read a Young Adult book. I initially declined, as a lot of the books in this category have the same story, so imagine my surprise when I eventually read this book. It gave off a vibe of the 1980’s movie, The Breakfast Club, with a sprinkling of Agatha Christie; so, here’s to hoping this review makes you consider reading the book.
What do you think the perfect suicide is? A painless one? A suicide where the whole world watches? A…
As we slowly wrap up the US Black History Month, we believe it’s never too late to give book recommendations, especially when the books are as awesome as the ones on this list. This list serves to encourage us to read more books, especially those on history and by black authors.
This beautiful story follows the descendants of an Asante woman in the 1700s named Maame. In this book, we see not just fictional narratives but the infusion of varying amounts of important history, such as the end of slavery, the great migration, the civil war, amongst others.
At the risk of going completely off-topic, I want to start off by stating that I found it really interesting that a reference was made to "Black Lives Matter" right at the start of this book. Coming across this, at a point in time when the movement was at its most intense in the real world, was something. I remember feeling quite exhilarated the exact moment I stumbled on it, looking forward to finding a connection much later in the story that would make for quite an instructive read. Well, there wasn't any in particular (haha, woe is me!) …
“We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must ask yourself, “Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?” Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture”.
What’s one silly excuse you gave for leaving a book unread on your shelf for so long? This time, and there almost certainly will be a next time, it was that I didn’t like…
A REVIEW OF WAITING FOR AN ANGEL BY HELON HABILA
In Helon Habila’s first novel, Waiting for an Angel, he offers a first-hand account, as Lomba, of life in Nigeria under the military rule of the 1990s. Lomba is a dynamic character who evolves from an apolitical school dropout to a journalist and aspiring novelist and is arrested while covering a demonstration by residents of Poverty Street.
The book starts where Lomba’s days end — in jail, as one of the political prisoners taken by Gen. Sani Abacha — and ends at the climactic events that warrant his arrest. In…
When you are about to read a medical memoir, you tend to have certain expectations; and I can bet that dark and wickedly humorous are quite low on that list. Well, that’s where this book hits. It is a unique book, some would say paradoxical.
Let’s start with the fact that it is authored by a doctor turned comedian; and then add that the book addresses a very sensitive issue, all the while cloaked in humour so excellently done the fusion is beautiful. The story recounts Adam’s medical journey to becoming an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist, and highlights the daily…
Title: Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide
Author: Elnathan John
Publication date: 2019
In a genre not often patronised by Nigerian writers , Elnathan John shows us in his book, Be(com)ing Nigerian, why this norm is an anomaly, with perfect delivery.
Written by my self-crowned king of Nigerian satire, this book has to be the most engaging satire I have ever read. It leaves no stone unturned when it comes to dishing out a nice piece of cake and pie to every sector of the country you could think of.
It deals with topics that range from the obvious to…
“That’s what fifteen minutes can do to a person. It can destroy them. It can save them”
Oh my, what did I just read? In the hopes that any reader would feel like I do right now, this review will and indeed must be spoiler-free.
In most romance novels, I’m used to the overtly graphic imagery of a hot, steamy romance which usually hits me right between the eyes, right from the start or maybe after the first couple pages. For others, it could be a more subtle process, but ultimately, hot and steamy is usually the landmark. So, where…
“Death, so familiar to me in my work, was now paying a personal visit”.
“What patients seek is not scientific knowledge that doctors hide but existential authenticity each person must find on her own. Getting too deeply into statistics is like trying to quench a thirst with salty water. The angst of facing mortality has no remedy in probability”.
“I would have to learn to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying until I actually die, I’m still living”.
These are a few of my favourite quotes from…
Humans are curious creatures; everyday, we search for answers to questions, trying to understand life. This book tells a story about time, memories, our understanding of reality, and people searching for answers. It tells of a phenomenon called the FALSE MEMORY SYNDROME that leads to a suicide epidemic.
I am not familiar with Blake Crouch or any of his other works; however, after I found out that he was the person who authored the WAYWARD PINES TRILOGY, which was adapted into a television series, I became excited to read this book. …
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