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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Photo credit: City Lit.

The Washington Post recently asked some writers which book they would be reading for the summer, and two of the featured writers were Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Imbolo Mbue.

Adichie, whose latest book of non-fiction, Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, won the 2017 Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro, chose Isabel Wilkerson’s 2010 historical study The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. She wrote:

I’m planning to read Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, which I have been saving to read for a while and am very much looking forward to.

The Warmth of Other Suns, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, is a retelling of the historical migration of African-Americans from the Southern part of the United States to the other parts of the country between 1915 and 1970.

Imbolo Mbue.

Imbolo Mbue’s response was much longer. The Cameroonian, whose acclaimed debut Behold the Dreamers won the PEN/Faulkner Award and was picked for Oprah’s Book Club, chose up to six books, including Jennifer Makumbi’s ubiquitous first novel Kintu:

Recent or soon-to-be-released books I would love to read this summer include Naoki Higashida’s memoir of living with severe autism, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8; Jonathan Dee’s The Locals (it sounds very ambitious and seemingly explores several social issues our country is currently dealing with); Stephanie Powell Watt’s No One is Coming to Save Us; Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s debut novel, Kintu; Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing; and Jim St. Germain’s A Stone of Hope, a memoir which I’ve heard presents an exceptional argument for criminal justice reform.

You certainly have an excuse to make that trip to the bookstore after all. With seven books recommended by two of the biggest names in African literature, it might just be time to update your library. What are you reading now? Tell us in the comments section.

Read The Washington Post‘s full feature HERE.

 

 

About the Reporter:

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a poet, essayist and fiction writer and founder of SPRINNG literary movement. He writes from Ibadan, Nigeria. His writings border on the themes of unease, racism, colonialism, terror and all things familiar to the black folk. He describes his art as that specialized literary alchemy which aims to extract beauty from the frail commonplaceness of words. His experimental works have appeared on such platforms as TUCK Magazine, Brittle PaperKalahari ReviewBombay ReviewLunaris ReviewAfrican WriterSprinng.orgAuthorpedia, ParousiaMagazine and Sampad International Journal. He was the 2016 recipient of the Albert Jungers Poetry Prize.

About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

11 Responses to “What Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Imbolo Mbue Are Reading This Summer” Subscribe

  1. Hannah 2017/09/27 at 07:37 #

    Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, with Born a Crime next in line.

  2. Obinna Udenwe 2017/09/27 at 08:08 #

    I am reading A Gecko’s Farewell.

  3. enite 2017/09/27 at 10:20 #

    Currently reading “Siddhartha ” by Hermann Hesse. Just got through with “Bluest Eye ” by Toni Morrison.

  4. Ken Onwuzuka 2017/09/27 at 11:18 #

    Currently Reading “Living Happily & Ever Smiling” by Kenneth Onwuzuka, a Nigerian Author

  5. Ken Onwuzuka 2017/09/27 at 11:22 #

    I can’t wait to read the release “Life in the Nigerian Defence Academy in Our days” By Brig Gen DG Udofa.

  6. Nnedimma Anumba 2017/09/27 at 11:34 #

    My dear Mrs Adichie, all I can say now is gisi ike na-oru. I’m so proud you are my role model. You’ve set the pace that I’ll follow. Looking forward to meeting you one day.

  7. Chukwuemeka 2017/09/28 at 04:02 #

    Hoping to read this October, Dan Brown’s Angels And Demon.

  8. Nkiacha Atemnkeng 2017/09/30 at 14:14 #

    Currently reading “Tram 83” par le romanciere Congolais, Fiston Mwanza Mujila. I’ve been reading ti so slowly for more than a month ebcause I don’t want it to get finished. The Tram is in a league of its own!

  9. Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya 2017/10/02 at 02:15 #

    I am reading Sons and Lovers by DL Lawrence and Americannah by Chimamanda Adichie

  10. Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya 2017/10/02 at 02:17 #

    I am reading Sons and Lovers by D.L Lawrence and Americannah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

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