Going Down River Road Meja Mwangi
There is no great plot or major events, apart from the ones mentioned. Much of the novel is about how a relatively ordinary man struggles and more or less manages to survive given the problems he faces, some of his own making, some because of the corrupt nature of others. Indeed, the corruption of contemporary Kenya is a key point in the novel, as we see ordinary people cheated by the rich and powerful, generally black. Ben does manage to survive, with the help of his friend and with his generally positive nature but it is a struggle for him and it is this struggle that is what this novel is about.
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Minutes of Glory: And Other Stories By Ngugi Wa Thiong’oKSh850.00Add to cart
Minutes of Glory and Other Stories is a slim anthology of short stories, an introduction to the writings of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, a Kenyan scholar who has seen revolutionary changes in every facet of Kenyan and Ugandan society. The stories are haunting and filled with struggle.
488 Rules for Life by Kitty FlanaganKSh1,150.00Add to cart
488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan’s way of making the world a more pleasant place to live.
Providing you with the antidote to every annoying little thing, these rules are not made to be broken. 488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it’s not you who needs help, it’s other people. Whether they’re walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don’t know the rules.
But thanks to Kitty Flanagan’s comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don’t ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it … where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don’t reheat their fish curry in the office microwave … where middle aged men don’t have ponytails …
Other rules to live by include:
1. Men must wear shorts over leggings
The gym is no place for people to discover whether or not you are circumcised. That’s a private discussion for another place and time.
2. Team bonding activities should be optional
Some people love it when management decides that an afternoon of bowling or paintballing or (god forbid) karaoke will help everyone work better as a team. Others would rather be dead.
3. Don’t ever mention your ‘happy place’
To me, this sounds less like a pleasant, fun state of mind and more like some kind of utopian wank palace you’ve had built in the basement.
What started as a personal joke is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)
What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book:
‘You’re welcome everyone.’
‘Thank god for me.’
‘I’d rather be sad and lonely, but right.’
‘There’s not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it’.
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The Defining Decade By Meg JayKSh2,495.00Read more
Bestselling psychologist Dr. Meg Jay uses real stories from real lives to provide smart, compassionate, and constructive advice about the crucial (and difficult) years we cannot afford to miss.
Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.
Drawing from almost two decades of work with hundreds of clients and students, The Defining Decade weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with the behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings, themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood—if we use the time wisely.
The Defining Decade is a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss.
The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi WolfKSh2,495.00Add to cart
The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity .
Every day, women around the world are confronted with a dilemma – how to look. In a society embroiled in a cult of female beauty and youthfulness, pressure on women to conform physically is constant and all-pervading. In this iconic, gripping and frank exposé, Naomi Wolf exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women. With pertinent and intelligent examples, she confronts the beauty industry and its advertising and uncovers the reasons why women are consumed by this destructive obsession.
‘Essential reading’ Guardian
‘A smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it’ Gloria Steinem
Educated (Westover) by Tara WestoverKSh1,495.00Add to cart
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who kept out of school leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY A coming of age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle O The Oprah Magazine Beautiful and propulsive Despite the singularity of Westover s childhood the questions her book poses are universal How much of ourselves should we give to those we love And how much must we betray them to grow up Vogue Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara s older brothers became violent When another brother got himself into college Tara decided to try a new kind of life Her quest for knowledge transformed her taking her over oceans and across continents to Harvard and to Cambridge University Only then would she wonder if she d traveled too far if there was still a way home Book Club Pick for Now Read This from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Heart wrenching a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives Amy Chua The New York Times Book Review A heartbreaking heartwarming best in years memoir USA Today Tara Westover s one of a kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind She evokes a childhood that completely defined her Yet it was also she gradually sensed deforming her The Atlantic Riveting Westover brings readers deep into this world a milieu usually hidden from outsiders The Economist Incredibly thought provoking so much more than a memoir about a woman who graduated college without a formal education It is about a woman who must learn how to learn The Harvard Crimson A subtle nuanced study of how dysfunction of any kind can be normalized even within the most conventional family structure and of the damage such containment can do Financial Times Westover s extraordinary memoir is haunting in the best way delivering a powerful coming of age saga.