My favourite memoir, so far, this year

IMG_3072I’m certainly not the first person to be recommending Tara Westover’s Educated to you. But if all the shooting star worth praise hasn’t convinced you yet, let me try and tell you why you should be reading this memoir.

It opens with a gorgeous description of rural Idaho, the Indian Princess mountain as it’s rugged backdrop, into the home of one family at odds with the rest of the world. Tara Westover was born in 1986 to survivalist Mormon parents without any trace of documentation to account for/or register her birth. Continue reading

Sight by Jessie Greengrass

IMG_0300Category: Literary Experimental Fiction
Author: Jessie Greengrass
Rating: 4/5

I struggle to write a review that adequately captures the complexity of this 193 page book. Sight, very simplistically, is a pregnant woman’s ambivalence towards motherhood rising from her own unconventional upbringing. It slides seamlessly between the narrator’s life and the lives of historical figures responsible for the discovery of X-rays, the emergence of psychoanalysis and the birth of modern surgery for reasons that gradually become apparent. Continue reading

The Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Author: Allison Amend

This book was such a pleasant surprise! Enchanted Islands follows the story of Frances Conway, starting from her childhood all the way till she is very old. I absolutely loved this charming, emotional, honest and far from ordinary life of Frances Conway. Right from her childhood in Duluth to her adolescent years in Chicago to Nebraska, to Galapagos Islands for most part and finally to San Francisco, its such an incredible journey that doesn’t skip a beat. Continue reading

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Short stories
Rating: 4/5
Cultural: Nigeria
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda is an author, I knew I’d admire from the first book I pick up. I started with her short story collection as I felt like reading something that I could flit in and out of, and I really enjoyed it.

Her stories touch on such diverse & important topics including race, culture, feminism, what it really Continue reading