THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dan­garem­bga, Ja­cana, R240 Dan­garem­bga is known for her ac­claimed break­through novel Ner­vous Con­di­tions. This Mournable Body picks up the story of the pro­tag­o­nist, Tam­budzai, who still lives in her home­town, Harare, as she tries to nav­i­gate adult­hood and make ends meet. Dan­garem­bga highlights the strug­gles of many peo­ple still liv­ing in im­pov­er­ished Zim­babwe. – SL

BLACK TWIT­TER, BLITZ AND A BOERIE AS LONG AS YOUR LEG by Ha­gen En­gler, Ja­cana, R145 A light, hu­mor­ous read that will cer­tainly help you con­trib­ute to con­ver­sa­tions about all things uniquely South African. With top­ics rang­ing from Twit­ter rants to things that bring us to­gether as a na­tion, you’ll def­i­nitely see your­self or some­one you know in some of the mo­ments the au­thor highlights. – SL

HELP ME! By Mar­i­anne Power, Pi­cador, R311 Get highlights from some of the best self­help books the au­thor has read through the years. From Feel The Fear and Do It Any­way by Su­san Jef­fers, The Se­cret by Rhonda Byrne to Get The Guy by Matthew Hussey and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, there are gems of knowl­edge and take­away lessons scat­tered through­out the book to help you heal your­self. Ex­pect some laughs too. – SL

BEATEN BUT NOT BRO­KEN by Vanessa Govender, Ja­cana, R240 Ev­ery­body has a story and while Govender fo­cused on telling the sto­ries of oth­ers, this for­mer award-win­ning jour­nal­ist hid a shock­ing one of her own. This is a tes­ti­mony of Govender’s re­silience fol­low­ing five years of phys­i­cal and ver­bal abuse. She had to draw on her fight­ing spirit to over­come, and had to break ranks with a close-knit con­ser­va­tive com­mu­nity. Her story in­spires and of­fers hope to women suf­fer­ing in si­lence. – VL

BEAUTY’S GIFT by Sindiwe Mag­ona, Pi­cador Africa, R180 The au­thor ex­er­cises her HIV/AIDS ac­tivism with this mov­ing story of how Beauty’s death af­fects those left be­hind. Her four best friends, Amanda, Edith, Cordelia and Doris bat­tle to nav­i­gate life with­out their late friend. Many lessons un­fold on how town­ships view HIV/AIDS — es­pe­cially in Khayelit­sha, where the story takes place. – SL

A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Pi­coult, Jonathan Ball, R270 Pi­coult is known for her emo­tive writ­ing and this novel isn’t any dif­fer­ent. It re­volves around The Cen­tre, the last stand­ing abor­tion clinic in Mis­sis­sippi. A hostage drama en­sues at The Cen­tre, lead­ing us to fol­low the lives of those af­fected and, in turn, high­light­ing the com­mu­nity’s views when it comes to pro-life or anti-abor­tion rights. – SL

SEA PRAYER by Khaled Hos­seini, Jonathan Ball, R305 This heart-wrench­ing novel was in­spired by the 3-year-old Syr­ian refugee who died at sea while at­tempt­ing to reach Greece in 2015. In this let­ter from a fa­ther to his son, we see the hard­ships many go through due to war and pol­i­tics. De­scrib­ing the grand­mother’s house, plus the dan­gers of leav­ing home to seek refuge else­where, this mov­ing story is a cry for com­fort. – SL

I’M AB­SO­LUTELY FINE! by Annabel Rivkin & Em­i­lie McMeekanin, Jonathan Ball, R315 This is an au­then­tic por­trayal of what it means to be a woman – it’s packed with prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to nav­i­gate life’s many chal­lenges. Re­la­tion­ships, sex, friend­ships and self-im­age are some of the top­ics that are ex­plored in a hu­mor­ous way. It cel­e­brates the flaws of women and leaves you feel­ing lighter and stronger. – BM

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