Review | I Will Always Write Back by Catlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch

I Will Always Write Back is a heartwarming story about friendship across continents, cultures, and class differences. It is the true story of Martin, a bright young boy in an impoverished city in Zimbabwe, and Caitlin, a more-privileged friendly American girl. Their relationship started as a pen pal assignment, and developed into an almost-kinship that [...]

Thoughts on | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

“The family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.”  This quote captures some of my feelings after reading Homegoing. I have a large family and we're all pretty close. Whenever I talk to my friends about a family member, [...]

What I Learnt | How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

How to Be a Bawse is Lilly Singh's guide to working harder and conquering life, rather than just going through the motions and surviving. The spelling of 'bawse' is intentional to characterize "someone who excels in both personal and professional settings". The lessons are peppered with Lilly's life experiences, and the book has prompts and [...]

Thoughts On | Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

Second Class Citizen tells the story of Adah Ofili, a Nigerian woman born in Lagos during World War II. The story begins with Adah's childhood, dealing with her father's death and her determination to be educated, and describes her adulthood in London, married to Francis, an abusive and unambitious (some might say lazy) husband. The [...]