Mem­o­rable reads

Get stuck in a heart­warm­ing Hol­ly­wood mem­oir or start afresh in a sci-fi thriller

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WE’RE GO­ING TO NEED MORE WINE GABRIELLE UNION (HARPER COLLINS PUB­LISH­ERS) R355*

The Be­ing Mary Jane act­ress’ book has fi­nally ar­rived in SA, and it’s ev­ery­thing.

Can you pic­ture Gabrielle Union as an or­di­nary woman go­ing through the same in­secu­ri­ties, life-af­firm­ing mo­ments and dev­as­tat­ing is­sues most women go through? From her first crush, to be­ing raped as a teen, be­ing a child of di­vorce, to be­ing a step­mother and mul­ti­ple mis­car­riages.

She takes the reader through fam­ily bag­gage, go­ing through the wrong men to find “Mr Right” and nav­i­gat­ing through Hol­ly­wood.

She also deals with colourism, of be­ing la­belled “pretty, for a dark woman” and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween black women and their hair.

It’s a some­times funny, of­ten times heart­break­ing glimpse into the life of a woman who ap­pears to have it all. It’s perso­nal, bold and real.

YEAR ONE NORA ROBERTS (JONATHAN BALL PUB­LISH­ERS) R299*

If you’re one of the mil­lions of Nora Roberts fans, you prob­a­bly know her style, whether she’s writ­ing about crime, thrillers, the oc­cult or fu­tur­is­tic sto­ries. How­ever, Year One is like noth­ing she’s writ­ten be­fore.

It’s New Year’s eve, and lives are about to change. A sick­ness wipes out most of the pop­u­la­tion in weeks, leav­ing only the imm­une. There’s no elec­tric­ity, gov­ern­ment has col­lapsed and where there was or­der, there’s chaos.

It’s a story of hope and hor­ror, chaos and magic, as a des­per­ate group of peo­ple fight to save their lives, and their cor­ner of the world. And in the midst of it is chef Lana and her fi­ancé, Max, as well as jour­nal­ist Arlys who tries to keep broad­cast­ing even as the world col­lapses around her.

The world as we know it ends, and a new one starts in Year One.

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