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’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

Review | I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

I'm Telling The Truth, but I'm Lying is a memoir about Bassey Ikpi and her journey with Bipolar II disorder. It is raw, emotional, and moving. For more details, read the goodreads summary here. I had a hard time reading this book in the beginning because I was unfamiliar with the writing style. In one [...]

Review | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

Review | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

Hibiscus is a beautiful cookbook filled with not-so-traditional Nigerian dishes. The book has a heavy British influence, which is expected, since the writer was raised in the UK. It was birthed after, Lopè Ariyo won the Red magazine and Harper Collins publishing competition in 2016, and the result is stunning! If you leave this post [...]

Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope

Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope

Set in South Africa, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road is about Kabelo, a doctor who struggles with the expectations of his parents and community. Kabelo grew up in a township, where he learnt early on that it is shameful to be gay or to be considered gay. So he tries to hide his sexuality, to [...]

Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

David Mogo, Godhunter is a gritty narrative about the Lagos underworld, Isale Eko (or Eko Isale) after displaced gods start inhabiting the city. Read the goodreads description.  It is not a 'pretty' or 'flowery' novel. There is crime, blood, violence, and a good dose of profanity. A chunk of the dialogue is in Pidgin and [...]

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 [...]