Reading is a free ticket to everywhere, and bookworms are always in for the ride. We've set our spring reading list to a pleasant compilation with Zadie Smith's detailed 448-page novel, white teeth. If you fancy a quick read, dwell into Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi's TED talk published speech, we should all be feminists. Girl up and Everyday sexism are good projects to pioneer the next generation. Sue Fortin's story about a fatal accident ruining the lives of two friends is a mouthful of suspense. For a witty romance, Americanah takes us on a journey about young love and passion across borders. Tradition and modernity are the central notions in Panashe Chigumadzi's debut novel about a young woman who compromises the values of her upbringing.
While everyone may have their own list of must-read books. Check out the abstract of books we've compiled and you might think twice;
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
White Teeth is the story of two North London families—one headed by Archie, the other by Archie's best friend, a Muslim Bengali named Samad Iqbal. Pals since they served together in World War II, Archie and Samad are a decidedly unlikely pair. Plodding Archie is typical in every way until he marries Clara, a beautiful, toothless Jamaican woman half his age, and the couple has a daughter named Irie (the Jamaican word for "no problem"). Samad —devoutly Muslim, hopelessly "foreign"— weds the feisty and always suspicious Alsana in a prearranged union. They have twin sons named Millat and Magid, one a pot-smoking punk-cum-militant Muslim and the other an insufferable science nerd. The riotous and tortured histories of the Joneses and the Iqbals are fundamentally intertwined, capturing an empire's worth of cultural identity, history, and hope.
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi
With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful to women and men, alike.
Girl Up – Laura Bates
Hilarious, jaunty and bold, GIRL UP exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of a sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us
The Girl Who Lied – Sue Fortin
The truth hurts… Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret—one Erin has kept for over a decade—and she’s determined to make Erin pay for her lies.
Erin wants nothing to do with Roisin. She has a new life in London and no intention of going back home. Yet when her father is mysteriously and critically injured, Erin has no choice but to return and face Roisin—and her past. Erin knows if the secret of what she gave up got out, the consequences could be devastating.
When Roisin suddenly disappears, suspicion soon lands on Erin. She would do anything to protect her family, but just how far is she willing to go when time is running out…?
Americanah - Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
Sweet Medicine – Panashe Chigumadzi
The story of Tsitsi, a young woman who compromises the values of her Catholic upbringing to find romantic and economic security through otherworldly means. The story takes place in Harare at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic woes in 2008. The book is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity; feminism and patriarchy; spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities; poverty and desperation; and wealth and abundance.
Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates
Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space, @EverydaySexism (www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories and encourage a new generation to recognize the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. But women won't stand for it. The Everyday Sexism Project is grounded in reality; packed with substance, validity, and integrity it shows that women will no longer tolerate a society that ignores the dangers and endless effects of sexism.