The Book­shelf: Out of Africa

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By AMELIA VIARS Special to the Whig

“One Mary­land, One Book” is an an­nual pro­gram spon­sored by Mary­land Hu­man­i­ties and hosted at li­braries and com­mu­nity set­tings across the state to bring di­verse Mary­lan­ders to­gether to dis­cuss the same book. This year’s book se­lec­tion is “Pur­ple Hibis­cus” by Chi­ma­manda Adichie. Set in Nigeria dur­ing a mil­i­tary coup, it is about a young woman, Kam­bili, and her fam­ily. Told in Kam­bili’s voice, this emo­tional story in­cludes themes of fam­ily, loy­alty, and com­ing of age. Check out a copy from the li­brary to­day. There are also un­lim­ited dig­i­tal copies avail­able through Mary­land’s Dig­i­tal Li­brary, Over­drive. Here are ad­di­tional books and films with sim­i­lar set­tings or themes:

“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe This is a clas­sic novel about col­o­niza­tion in Africa. Okonkwo, a man from an Ibo vil­lage in Nigeria, strug­gles with changes wrought by cul­ture clash and pros­e­ly­tiz­ing Euro­peans. “What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky” by Les­ley Nneka Arimah This col­lec­tion of short sto­ries was a highly an­tici- pated re­lease for 2017. They cover a full range of emotions, from com­edy to sad­ness to strange hor­ror. Each story is care­fully crafted and worth reread­ing. The au­thor was born in Bri­tain, and as a child lived in dif­fer­ent coun­tries in­clud­ing Nigeria. She cur­rently re­sides in Minneapolis.

“Homego­ing” by Yaa Gyasi A novel that spans three gen­er­a­tions, start­ing with two sis­ters in eigh­teen­th­cen­tury Ghana. One is sold into slav­ery and bound for Amer­ica, while the other lives in an opu­lent palace in Ghana. This multi-gen­er­a­tional story fol­lows the fam­ily in both coun­tries through the 20th cen­tury. “We Need New Names” by NoVi­o­let Bu­l­awayo A young girl, Dar­ling, and her friends do what they must to sur­vive dur­ing a pe­riod of up­set and vi­o­lence in Zim­babwe, un­til she moves to Amer­ica to live with her aunt. Her life as an im­mi­grant is not as won­der­ful as she had hoped. This story is rem­i­nis­cent of works by Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith and J. M. Coet­zee.

“Stay With Me” by Ay­obami Ade­bayo A young Nige­rian cou­ple strug­gles to have chil­dren. The wife’s fam­ily de­cides to take con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion by ar­rang­ing a mar­riage for a sec­ond wife. In des­per­a­tion, the first wife tries to get preg­nant and save their mar­riage. “Born on a Tues­day” by El­nathan John A young Nige­rian boy raised in street gang is taken in by the sheikh of a lo­cal mosque. Af­ter a split in the close-knit com­mu­nity, he must de­cide whether to join a ji­hadist move­ment or work for change in a peace­ful man­ner. “The No. 1 Ladies De­tec­tive Agency” This is a TV se­ries based on the Alexander McCall Smith novel of the same name. It is about a woman in Botswana, Pre­cious Ramotswe, who opens her own de­tec­tive agency.

“Queen of Katwe” This in­spir­ing Dis­ney film fol­lows a young Ugan­dan girl’s story af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to the game of chess.

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