Review | All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

Review | All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

Set in the 1970s, Dinaw Mengestu's All Our Names weaves alternate tales about the lives of Isaac, an Ethiopian man caught in a revolutionary movement in Uganda, and Helen, a white American social worker. Through these characters, Mengestu explores class differences, race, revolution, colonialism, and more. For more details, read the goodreads summary. I listened [...]

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

Review | I Will Always Write Back by Catlin Alifirenka and 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

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| I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

I like this book! It’s a collection of essays about Life, Culture, Social media and Fame. Luvvie delves into serious topics like rape culture while simultaneously haranguing hashtag abusers #stopmisusinghashtags . I love how she’s able to move from lighter topics to more serious ones and blend the whole thing to make a great book. Did [...]