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    THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND|| Alice Walker

    This book raises questions on so many of life’s ills, but it left me feeling strange about them all. It is a medley of protest against racism, sexism and the diminished value of life. What screams out most in this book though is the treatment of black women by black men, with or without excuse. Screaming almost as loud is the problem with racism and how it breaks down the black man. Alice Walker, in this, her debut novel does an amazing job at revealing the essence of humanity. While living we all go through stages just as Grange has, and at some point life will deal us unfair blows,…

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    IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS’ GARDENS|| Alice Walker

    I have never read anything as capturing as this collection of essays ever in my life before. It is probably among the books I’ve taken the most time reading because the change and inspiration each page breathed into my being was something I was afraid to lose once it ended. There are a few books one can admittedly claim have changed their lives. This book I intend to keep for my daughter praying sincerely she will do the same for hers. Inside the pages of this book I found not only ‘Our Mother’s Garden’ but also the garden I am yet to create. In Alice Walker and her convictions I found…

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    HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD|| Cynthia Jele

    It’s like looking through a friend’s photo album, or at your own reflection in the mirror. Cynthia Jele’s debut novel evokes the lives of successful, thirty-something, black women in suburban Johannesburg. Her characters — captured in moments of frozen realities — are so authentic that you’ll recognise them from your own life. The book is divided into sections that focus on the four heroines, together and apart. Nandi, Zaza, Tumi and Princess are facing all the usual challenges, especially when it comes to love. Nandi Hadebe, the group’s confidante, has just recovered from the worst break-up of her life, only to find love waiting for her in the self-help aisle…

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    THREE DARK CROWNS|| Kendare Blake

    Kendare Blake is definitely gifted in the art of world creating. The island of Finbirn as she paints it in her prose is vivid, pulsating and easy to imagine. Three Dark Crowns is the story of triplets of royal lineage living on a secret island where the ascension to the throne is determined by which triplet kills their siblings first. This Young Adult novel, fantasy of course, follows the lives of these three sister, Mirabella, Arsenoe and Katherine, each possessing their own magical gift. Mirabella is an elemental, she has the gift of the elements, she can instruct and command them, fire, water, wind, earth you name them. Arsinoe is…

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    ORIGIN|| Dan Brown

    I havent’ read all of the Professor Robert Langdon books, but immediately one doesn’t get the sense that they cannot catch him on this adventure without knowing his prior exploits. In fact the only book with Langdon I’ve ever read was The Da Vinci Code. I tried to watch the movie versions of other books such as Angels and Demons and Inferno. But if you are anything like me you will understand what I mean when I say it creeps me out watching a movie adoptation of a book I haven’t read. Even when I know the chances are very high that I will never read it. For that 0.00001%…

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    HEX|| Thomas Olde Heuvelt

    Black Spring has an awful secret and  they have kept it for decades. An ugly witch from the 17thcentury  whose eyes and mouth have been sewn shut renderes the townsfolk haunted and Black Spring inescapable by those born there and those who later settle there. It’s in the unraveling of the witch’s story that Black Spring’s citizens are revealed for who they are and how much in common each of us has with the ugly Black-Rock witch. It’s as though the constact juxtaposition between the witch and the town’s inhabitants is a literal reflection of how we as society treat ‘the other’ in our midst. Hex follows the story of…

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    HURRAY! THOKO||Niki Daly

    Children’s books have always been as good as the lessons they hold. Hooray! Thoko follows the life lessons of a little girl (Thoko) who lives with her mother and grandmother. The book holds four concise stories packed with lessons from honesty, hard work, sacrifice, hope, reward, dreaming, and friendship, to serious issues such as animal cruelty and how to handle disappointment. All these lessons, jam packed in a 76 page book, are ones any parent will have to teach their child a few times in their lives. The joy of books such as Hooray! Thoko lies in always having a story to accompany the lesson. The book is illustrated which…

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    THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPINESS|| Ayisha Malik

    Set in two cities, London and Pakistan, this book follows the life of quirky-author Sofia Khan who has just gotten married to her London-neighbour, Conall,  after a very brief courtship. At first glance that seems pretty simplistic for a love story. However Malik adds humour, wit and other heavy elements when she reveals the dynamics of this couple. Khan is an orthordox Muslim with deep London roots and Conall is an Irish man in search of forgiveness. She is a virgin before she gets married, in keeping with her religion. After a bout of failed dates with Muslim men she writes them off as love prospects. However in order to…

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    WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS|| Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    The thing with society is just how easy it is to fall into the way things are done without scrutinizing the reasons and the presidents one sets for their own lives. It wasn’t until I was a young adult that I even became uncomfortable with gender roles in my society. I belong to a very traditionally Xhosa family and clan. Mostly, as with a majority of African tribes, it is very patriachal, yet it is the wives, the matriarchs from both my mom and dad’s families that outlived their husbands and as such had to continue the task of instilling values in them and the next generation. I will say…

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    GONE GIRL|| Gillian Flynn

    Remind me to never re-read a suspense again. I’ve had such a strange relationship with this book. I read half the book when it came out in 2012 and for some reason never got around to finishing it (despite having it been my choice for a book club I was part of). Then I watched the movie before completing the book. And here I am – guilty reader that I am – pulling it from my pile of books again, the problem this time though is I know what happens next. I didn’t quite remember the ending though. Why. Do. I. Do. This. To. Myself? I’m not sure if this…