So, it is time to do some reading folks. My February picks are from two great African female writers. Considering Chimamanda is one of my favorite authors (have already read all three of her other books), it is surprising that I haven’t yet read her novel Americanah. For some reason, I kept postponing reading but I think now is the right time.Ghana Must Go was recommended by a friend. Taiye is unknown to me, so it will be a pleasure to discover this much acclaimed writer. For those who have not yet read any of these books, it will be great if you could join me to read if not both, then at least one of them. At the end of February, we will discuss our views and opinions. For those who have already read, it will be nice to also get your take during our discussions at the end of February. Please comment on the comment log below or send me an email if you will like to join in our February Reads Challenge. Recommendations for the March reads are open. Tell us all those great books you think we MUST and SHOULD read 😉
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning author from Nigeria, West Africa. Her novels Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. She also has a collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck. For more on Adichie, click here
Americanah was published in 2013, and received numerous praises. It was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction and named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.
Taiye Selasi is a british author of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. She was born in London, England and raised in Massachusetts. She studied in Yale and Oxford and now lives in New York and Rome. She was a jury in the Italian Reality TV Show “Masterpiece,” a talent show for aspiring writers. Her novel Ghana Must Go was published in 2013 to much critical acclaim. It was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and has sold in 22 countries as of 2014. For more on Taiye, click here