“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

African authors

Nairobi Noir

A collection of stories from renowned Kenyan authors such as Ngugi wa Thiongo, Kinyanjui Kombani, Faith Oneya and many more. The introduction to the book written by Peter Kimani describes it as “an act of excavation, rediscovering the city’s ossified past and infusing life to preserve it for future generations. It is also an act of celebration, reminding readers of the brilliance of the best-known writers to emerge from this part of the world, and heralding the birth of new writers whose gifts, we can safely predict, will shine brightly in the years ahead.”

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Where: Prestige Bookshop Price: KSh. 1,850

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My sister the serial killer

Written by Oyinkan Braithewaite, this book is an absolute hoot to read. If you’re still not convinced this paragraph in the blurb should convince you.

“When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This will be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away.”

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Where: Prestige Bookshop Price: KSh.1,290

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Behold the dreamers

This book seems more relevant now, about four years after it was first published. With protests rocking America and around the world about Black lives matter, this book about contemporary social and political issues dominating in the US, Europe and Australia, where there is a growing and visceral tide of hatred and rage against immigrants is an extremely relevant read.

This book by Imbolo Mbue is an illuminating book on the immigrant experience amidst the hollowness of the American dream set in New York. The story is told from the perspectives of Jende Jongo, and his wife, Nemi, who are from Cameroon.

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Where: Prestige Bookshop Price: KSh. 1,290

Stay with me

A heart-wrenching story written from the perspective of a husband and wife who have been married for some time about their journey to parenthood. The characters in this book stand out because they feel real.

Where: Textbook Centre Price: KSh. 1, 390

Walk with me Angela

A book about love, betrayal, romance and heartache how to keep the love alive.

Where: Textbook Centre Price: KSh. 645

 

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