Efunsetan Aniwura is a wealthy, childless chieftain in Ibadan, where Latoosa is the Aare. She has lands and slaves to till them until their backs are sore. An especially wicked woman, she beats her slaves black and blue for the smallest missteps and beheads them at will, especially if they dare to get pregnant.
By Franklyne Ikediasor Under the Udala Trees is a coming of age story like no other, one that shocks us, scares us, tugs at our heart strings and lifts the veil on a lot of the issues we pretend to forget. In this brilliant novel, Chinelo Okparanta manages to take on the horror of the Nigerian civil war and like Adichie in Half of a yellow Sun, she focuses on people whose lives were changed by the war rather than on the war itself. It’s a story of a shy young girl coming into her own, a story of humans becoming unfeeling to death and
Mama Rashida’s insistent knocks woke Danny. He turned on his phone to check the time: it was 5:30 am and he knew he would be late if he didn’t hurry. He had planned to wake up earlier to beat the Ikorodu Road traffic, but he had been so tired when he got home the night before. And, he had gratefully wolfed down the big bowl of Eba with okro offered him by Mama Rashida. The woman could be crazy when she wanted her rent, but she was good to Danny, like the mother he didn’t have.
In many cultures, stories and folktales are told not only to entertain, but also to pass on important lessons about life and living. Some of these stories are infused with magical realism; this makes them more memorable, and the lessons more so. This is what D.O. Fagunwa did. The stories do not merely tell of Akara-Ogun the brave hunter and his many adventures in the Forest of Demons, they also record important aspects of the Yoruba culture and tradition, such as religious beliefs, language (proverbs), food, dressing, music, artifacts, food, vocation, values, and social hierarchy. Some of the richness of our culture is preserved on
Hiiii! Remember that time when I came here to weep about how I couldn’t get books? Well, that’s changed! Now, I have so many options, I have to be placed on a ban periodically. Fellow book hoarders nerds, let me share with you some of the places where I get my fix:
On some days, fear is a cold hand squeezing your insides, sending your heart racing after what-ifs and what-nots. On other days, it is a trickle down your spine that snakes down your legs and keeps your feet firmly planted in the mire of your realities. Sometimes, you move regardless; your humanness brings you to brinks of grief, pleasure, and moments of mad daring. Other times, you stay mired and call it grounded; it’s just not a day to be brave.
Blurb: On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. it is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true.
Blurb (from Goodreads): “This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall
We sat mostly silent in the parked car, listening to music from the radio. We made small talk in-between songs, with me keeping my gaze on the car’s glove compartment when he spoke to me. I always was overwhelmed by his charisma; I could never believe someone like him was into someone like me. And for all my brashness and naiveté, I considered myself lucky to be the chosen one.
Hi guys, My good friend, Anita, whom I affectionately dubbed “Neeta”, is up today. She talks about a Danielle Steel book she read. Truth be told, I am no Steel fan. I guess it is because she takes the dark road…or the road not often traveled if you will. However, this book “Malice” takes on a journey of decay, truth, survival/strength and more. Danielle Steel’s “Malice” depicts happenings in today’s world and the sufferings of a girl child (teenager) with the consent of her “supposed” protectors; as well as willingness to survive against all odds. This book leaves no stone unturned and keeps you guessing!!! It