I also belong the NAWA book group, which is made up of members of NAWA – a multinational group of women. This group is as a result restricted to NAWA members, but I still felt like sharing the titles of our reads.
For the first few months of 2018 this book group is reading the following:
- Hillbilly elegy, by J D Vance [this was our January read]
- The gift of rain, by Tan Twan Eng [I actually read this last year while on vacation; it was long but really good] – for February 2018
- The miraculous fever tree, by Fiametta Rocco – originally for March 2018 but cancelled
- Stay with me, by Ayobami Adebayo – now the March 2018 read
- Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid [I just finished reading this for Accra Book Club] – for April 2018
- Fever dream, by Samanta Schweblin
- Empire of the summer moon, by S C Gwynne
- A year of marvelous ways, by Sarah Winman
Unfortunately, I usually end up missing the discussions as they take place during the day, while yours truly is at work. Sigh…
But I still read the books.
During 2017 I did a good bit of reading, and even managed to read over 80 books according to Goodreads.
This did include books on Ghana/by Ghanaian authors as well as books on Africa/by African authors.
For Ghana, I only read one fiction book:
From pasta to pigfoot, by Frances Mensah Williams [written by a diasporan Ghanaian, taking place in both the UK and Ghana]
Why only one fiction book from Ghana? Well, I do admit that I don’t have very many on my TBR shelves.
For non-fiction there were a few more:
- The President’s physician: Bumps on a smooth road, by Bettina Ama Boohene-Andah [memoirs of President Kufuor’s physician]
- What’s up: Vocabulary for those new to America, by James Gyasi Boateng
- Ghana on the go – African mobility in the age of motor transportation, by Jennifer Hart
- Future of the tree – Towards growth and development of Kumasi, edited by Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa
- Values, standards and practices in Ghanaian organisational life, by Samuel N Woode
- Crossing the color line: Race, sex and the contested politics of colonialism in Ghana, by Carina E Ray [included a chapter of several women married to Ghanaians]
- Reflections of an ordinary African woman, by Akua Djanie
I did read several books by African writers:
- Aya de Yopougon, vols 4-6, by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie [graphic novel, read in French!]
- Born on a Tuesday, by Elnathan John
- Blackass, by A Igoni Barrett [for Accra Book Club]
- Amie: An African adventure, by Lucinda E Clarke [gave this a low 2 star rating]
- Radiance of tomorrow, by Ishmael Beah [for Accra Book Club]
- The maestro, the magistrate and the mathematician, by Tendai Huchu [for
Accra Book Club]
- Behold the dreamers, by Imbolu Mbue [for Accra Book Club]
- Who will catch us as we fall, by Iman Verjee [for GhanaMustRead book group]
For non-fiction on Africa, I read the following:
- We should all be feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer [for Accra Book Club]
- The house my father built, by Adewale Maja-Pearce [dealing with tenants in an inherited
block of flats in Lagos!]
- The African city – a history, by Bill Freund
- Longthroat memoirs, by Yemisi Aribisala
- Born a crime, by Trevor Noah [for GhanaMustRead book group]
Part of my reading by Ghanaians/on Ghana depends on availability. I do find there aren’t a lot of fiction books written by Ghanaians. As for the books on Africa/African fiction, there is of course much more choice.
At the moment I am involved with two book clubs/ book groups here in Accra. Here are the reading choices for 2017 – at least what I know of, as of the time of writing.
Accra Book Club (contact via accrabookclub [at] gmail [dot] com). Meets monthly except July (and even that is flexible).
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi – January 2017
Do not say we have nothing, by Madelein Thien – February 2017
The underground railroad, by Colson Whitehead – March 2017
Blackass, by Igoni Barrett – April 2017
The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer – May 2017
Wonder, by R J Palacio – June 2017
The sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen – August 2017
13 ways of looking at a fat girl, by Mona Awad – September 2017
Radiance of tomorrow, by Ishmael Beah – October 2017
The woman who breathed two worlds, by Selina Sian Chin Yoke – November 2017?
The maestro, the magician and the mathematician, by Tendai Huchu – December 2017?
Behold the dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – January 2018?
NAWA book group (nb: one has to be a member of NAWA in order to take part, but I still thought I should share the list):
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi – January 2017
A man called Ove, by Fredrick Backman – February 2017
Longbourn, by Jo Baker – March 2017
Dead wake, by Erik Larson – April 2017
Caliph’s house, by Tahir Shah – May 2017
The Wright brothers, by David McCullough – June 2017
Of course, all the above titles are available via Kindle (and I presume Nook). And Vidya Book Store in Osu does stock some titles.