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"If you don't understand, ask questions. If you're uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It's easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here's to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding."

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria, is a Nigerian novelist as well as a writer of short stories and of nonfiction. Adichie, who was born in the city of Enugu in Nigeria, grew up as the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu State. In 2008, Adichie was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She has published 6 books so far and won many awards including the Commonwealth Writer's Prize in 2005. On 20 May 2019, Ngozi Adichie received an honorary degree from Yale University.

"If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution."

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Disgrace, novel by John Maxwell Coetzee. At fifty-two, Professor David Lurie is divorced, filled with desire, but lacking in passion. When an affair with a student leaves him jobless, shunned by friends, and ridiculed by his ex-wife, he retreats to his daughter Lucy's smallholding. David's visit becomes an extended stay as he attempts to find meaning in his one remaining relationship. Instead, an incident of unimaginable terror and violence forces father and daughter to confront their strained relationship and the equality complicated racial complexities of the new South Africa. 

"Books saved you. Having become your refuge, they sustained you. The power of books, this marvelous invention of astute human intelligence. Various signs associated with sound: different sounds that form the word. Juxtaposition of words from which springs the idea, Thought, History, Science, Life. Sole instrument of interrelationships and of culture, unparalleled means of giving and receiving. Books knit generations together in the same continuing effort that leads to progress. They enabled you to better yourself. What society refused you, they granted"

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So Long a Letter (French: Une si longue lettre) is a semi-autobiographical epistolary noveloriginally written in French by the Senegalesewriter Mariama Bâ. Its theme is the condition of women in Western African society. As the novel begins, Ramatoulaye Fall is beginning a letter to her lifelong friend Aissatou Bâ. The occasion for writing is Ramatoulaye's recent widowhood.

“What arrogance, what stupidity led us to this desolation, to this madness, to this wickedness, to this war, to this death? When this cruel war was over, there will be no more war. It will not happen again, never again. Never again, never again.”

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Efuru, the title character in Flora Nwapa's 1966 novel, is a beautiful young woman who unfortunately, always seems to have bad luck with men. 

"It is preferable to change the world on the basis of love of mankind. But if that quality be too rare, then common sense seems the next best thing."

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Maru An African love story and statement on racial & tribal prejudice, set in mid-twentieth century Botswana. 

"I don't know. I got nothing. No house, no people, no place. Maybe that's troubles. Don't I say?"

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A Walk In The Night This is a collection of short stories set in Cape Town's notorious District Six. The stories look at issues of poverty, with characters such as Willieboy, Mikey, Miss Gipsy and Raalt.

"Not a war. But then, it was a war. When the forest burns do the locusts stop to say goodbye?"

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Burning Grass: a Story of the Fulani of Norther Nigeria: By Cyprian Ekwensi. The story begins and ends with grass burning, a seasonal endeavor. All in all, the book is bright and brisk and quite exotic.

"God, when will you create a woman who will be fulfilled in herself, a full human being, not anybody’s appendage? she prayed desperately."

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Joys of motherhood Written by Buchi Emecheta (1979), this book is about the life of Nigerian woman, Nnu Ego. Nnu Ego's life revolves around her children, and through them Nnu Ego gains the respect of her society. When colonial influences begin to change traditional tribal values, however, Nnu Ego is faced with new truths that she must learn to live with. The book takes us on a journey with Nnu Ego as we participate in her struggle between understanding and accepting the new ways of her people or clinging to her traditional values. This book provides excellent insight to the effects of colonialism on native Nigerians.

"People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories."

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Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist acclaimed for his unsentimental depictions of the social and psychological disorientation accompanying the imposition of Western customs and values upon traditional African society. His particular concern was with emergent Africa at its moments of crisis; his novels range in subject matter from the first contact of an African village with the white man to the educated African’s attempt to create a firm moral order out of the changing values in a large city.

"Leaving your country is like dying, and when you come back you are like a ghost returning to earth, roaming around with missing gaze in your eyes"

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We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo Ten-year-old Darling and her friends navigate their shantytown with the exuberance and mischievous spirit of children everywhere. But they are shadowed by memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the schools closed, before their fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. When Darling escapes to suburban America, she finds that—far from the comforts of her childhood community—America’s abundance is hard to reach, and she reckons alone with the sacrifices and mixed rewards of assimilating. Channeling the rhythm and vibrancy of the storytellers who raised her in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo tells a potent story of displacement and arrival, at once disarmingly playful and devastatingly candid, with a power all its own. B - C - D -

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