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 | 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 & 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 [...]