Of Prophets & Fishermen.

I’m about to order my 2016 books! Don’t ask why I’m doing it way past half way through the year,but better late than never. I’ve been feeling like I’m drying up (intellectually ) and there’s no way I’m about to wither, so I’m going into emergency mode and ordering my books.

I’m super excited!

I got some great  book recommendations from friends and I can’t wait to dive into these treasures. Here is my reading list for (half way through) 2016!

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. : This book has a lot of hype,to say the least. Cheryl Strayed writes about embracing adulthood’s ups and downs ,navigating the deep trenches of life,all with humor and honesty.It started out as an advice column called “Dear Sugar”, and got compiled into an amazing book (according to sources).  I got really curious when a friend mentioned that she loved the book so much, she now follows the podcast! I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

 

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The Fishermen: From being a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, to winning the  2015 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award for Fiction,this book gathered rave reviews even before it went into print.It has been described as “dark and beautiful” as well as “lyrical and crackling with life”. The Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, has been (albeit annoyingly) called the “heir to Chinua Achebe”, by the New York Times of course.Well, I think Chinua Achebe should be left as the literary legend Chinua Achebe,and Chigozie Obioma should be allowed to forge his own legendary name for himself. But that is  another blog post about not letting emerging African writers breathe without forcing another writer’s standard on them .Nevertheless, I am looking forward to reading this award-winning debut novel.

 

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The Prophet: I have a feeling this is a Paulo Coelho-esque  book. It was written by the famous multi-talented genius Kahlil Gibran and the themes include love, marriage and friendship. I already have a book that goes along those “sermon on the mount”/existential philosophy in the backyard lines-Manuscript Found in Accra,but hey,I’m a hippie at heart,so I can’t get enough of these. It has been described as a spiritual masterpiece,and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

 

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The Stone Diaries: This is a story of Daisy Goodwill, a Canadian woman,and it follows her life from birth (when her mother dies) to her death in a Florida nursing home. It seems like a portrait of an ordinary woman, but the everyday stories are laden with mysteries, flowers, prayers and recipes. Carol Shields , the Pulitzer prize-winning author, illustrates the life of an ordinary woman,who seems to lead a “small life”, but through her voice ,we learn that life is made up of prodigious emotions and hard choices.

 

5.

A House for Mr Biswas : Named one of the twentieth century’s finest novels, this story is set in Trinidad in the 1960s.  Nobel Prize winner, V.S Naipaul  , takes the reader through the humorous but dark story of Mr Biswas,an Indo-Trinidadian ,in his quest for freedom and independence. This seems like a book for the ages, and if one of my literary sweethearts and heartbeats  (sweetbeat),Teju Cole, has described it as “one of the imperishable novels of the 20th century.”, then it is certainly worth the read.

 

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Development As Freedom: Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen wrote this development and social justice bible in 1999,and since then,it has been a reference for ethical economics and humane development practices. I never saw myself working in development, but I’ve fallen right into it lately,so maybe this book might help sustain my interest .

 

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I Do Not Come To You by Chance: This is the riveting story of Kingsley Ibe’s travesties as brilliantly (I’m told) narrated by Adaobi Nwaubani. The author exposes the world of email scams and 419ers as she  illustrates sharp portraits of desperation ,poverty and crime in Nigeria through motifs of  morality and inequality. Sounds promising.

 

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The God of Small Things : I am utterly and completely in love with Arundhati Roy and everything that she is. My dream is to drink wine with her on a balcony overlooking city lights as we talk about feminism, globalization ,and men (I think she’s ten times cooler than that). Ever since I read The Algebra of Infinite Justice for a class in college,I’ve followed most of her other non-fiction work.I’ve heard great things about her fiction too, and I consider this Booker Prize winning novel a special gift to myself.

The books might take about three weeks (I will weep if it’s more than a month) to get here,so I’ll just amuse myself with twitter till they come.

 

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