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A Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [who] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.."
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Speak No Evil
A Novel
Uzodinma Iweala - Mar 05, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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"A lovely slender volume that packs in entire worlds with complete mastery. Speak No Evil explains so much about our times and yet is never anything less than a scintillating, page-turning read."Gary Shteyngart "A wrenching, tightly woven story about many kinds of love and many kinds of violence. Speak No Evil probes deeply but also with compassion...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jul 10, 2018
A young Nigerian American comes out as gay, is a coming of age story about the difficult, churning mix of family expectations. It is elegant and elegiac, and evokes Washington DC with subtle power.     source
Cuz
An American Tragedy
Danielle Allen - Sep 03, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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First appearing in The New Yorker, Danielle Allen’s Cuz announced the arrival of one of our most gifted literary memoirists. In this “compassionate retelling of an abjectly tragic story” (New York Times), Danielle Allen—a prize-winning scholar—recounts her heroic efforts to rescue Michael Alexander Allen, her beloved baby cousin, who was arrested a...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jul 10, 2018
A memoir about the loss of a beloved cousin, is unbearably moving. It illuminates the injustice often meted out to young black men by the American criminal justice system.     source
The Color Purple
A Novel
Alice Walker - Dec 10, 2019 (first published in 1982)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty t...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jun 16, 2018
I admired the fierce honesty in the single-mindedly feminist world-view of this book     source
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Arrow of God
Chinua Achebe - Jan 01, 2010 (first published in 1964)
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Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.Ezeulu, headstrong chief priest of the god Ulu, is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. But he is beginning to find his authority increasingly under...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jun 16, 2018
It made me see that it was, in fact, possible for people of colour to exist within literature. Arrow of God has remained one of my favourite novels. Set in 1920s Igboland, it tells the story of a remarkable priest, Ezeulu, and a British administrator, and the ways in which colonialism brought not only political but cultural changes. It is funny and absorbing, moving and beautiful. I love this book.     source
Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals
Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French)
Ahmadou Kourouma - Mar 29, 2001 (first published in 1998)
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Characterized as "the African Voltaire," Ahmadou Kourouma garnered enormous critical and popular praise upon the 1998 release of his third novel, En attendant le vote des betes sauvages. Kourouma received the Prix des Tropiques, among other prestigious prizes, for that book, and the French edition went on to sell 100,000 copies.Carrol F. Coates's t...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jun 16, 2018
This is a humourous, irreverent and unabashedly political novel; it is an enraged lament about post-colonial Africa and how the leaders who inherited supposedly independent countries went on to fail their citizens. Some leaders are closely modelled on real characters – Mobutu of Zaire and Lumumba of the Congo are impossible to miss. The simplified summary of Kourouma: Colonialism has spawned monsters in the name of African leaders, and the West is the creator of these Frankensteins. The narrative is complex. There is a wonderfully oral quality to the telling, and many stories and anecdotes are laugh-aloud funny. Kourouma insists – and this underlies the narrative – that African dictators are mostly guided by their belief in the traditional, the supernatural, and that Islam or Christianity are mere window-dressing. This is a good example of an intelligent and important book that’s also genuinely interesting.     source
Fathers and Sons
Ivan Turgenev - Jan 27, 1998 (first published in 1862)
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Considered one of Ivan Turgenev's finest works, Fathers and Sons was the first of the great nineteenth-century Russian novels to achieve international renown. A stirring tale of generational conflict during a period of social revolution, it vividly depicts the friction between liberal and conservative thought and the rise of the radical new philoso...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jun 16, 2018
I loved this book as a teenager and have never forgotten how completely absorbed I was by Turgenev’s wonderfully evocative world.     source
Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
John Gregory Brown - Jan 01, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Moving back and forth in time from the 1930s to the 1960s to the present, this luminous first novel uncovers the heartbreaking legacy of the Eagen family of New Orleans, Irish Catholics of "mixed blood" in a city where race defines fate. A haunting novel of family loyalty and relations between the races....
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jun 16, 2018
It is filled with longing, melancholy and nostalgia, and it is so atmospheric, so hauntingly described, that the reader never quite emerges from the book     source
Anil's Ghost
A Novel
Michael Ondaatje - Apr 24, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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An alternate cover edition of this ISBN can be found here.With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient, Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language and the piercing emotional truth that we have come to know as the hallmarks of his writing.Anils Ghos...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Feb 28, 2014
Made me cry. It is such a moving book, told with such heart and grace. Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys made me laugh. It’s a brilliant novel about contemporary Nigeria.     source
The Famous Five Collection
Books 4-6 (Famous Five Gift Books and Collections) [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2012] Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton - Jan 01, 2001 (first published in 1995)
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Included in this value-for-money collection are:...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Feb 28, 2014
I was entranced by the children who had these wonderful adventures and who were always magically at the right place at the right time.     source
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro - Sep 12, 1990 (first published in 1989)
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An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himsel...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Feb 28, 2014
It’s a stunning book, and the movie came close to being just as stunning     source
The Female Persuasion
A Novel
Meg Wolitzer - May 21, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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To be admired by someone we admirewe all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world. Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and el...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Female Persuasion is wonderfully dense and wise, a page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas. It felt true to life.     source
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