Fiction & Non-Fiction

Fiction & Non-Fiction

  • Travelling While Black by Nanjala Nyabola

    Travelling While Black by Nanjala Nyabola

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move. What does it feel like to move through a world designed to limit and exclude you? What are the joys and pains of holidays for people of colour, when guidebooks are never written with them in mind? How are black lives today impacted by the othering legacy of colonial cultures and policies? What can travel tell us about our sense of self, of home, of belonging and identity? Why has the world order become hostile to human mobility, as old as humanity itself, when more people are on the move than ever? Nanjala Nyabola is constantly exploring the world, working with migrants and confronting complex realities challenging common assumptions - both hers and others'. From Nepal to Botswana, Sicily to Haiti, New York to Nairobi, her sharp, humane essays ask tough questions and offer surprising, deeply shocking and sometimes funny answers. It is time we saw the world through her eyes.

  • Rising from Siwano by Victoria Kamau

    Rising from Siwano by Victoria Kamau

    Ksh 799

    Brief Summary "RISING FROM SIWANO" is a collection consisting of 9 epic short stories set in Africa, 15 soulful poems, and a handful of wise musings. The common inferred theme for the short stories is "when life throws us curve balls" which is drawn from the one thing that is constant about life - change. Most change in life typically comes in form of unexpected and sometimes life-altering "curve balls". Some of the characters in the short stories contained in "Rising from Siwano" easily adjust to the "curve balls", others struggle whilst some fail completely. But that is the reality of life...isn't it?

  • The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria

    The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary "This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else." So begins Fareed Zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.

  • Premium Tears by Collins Sakwah

    Premium Tears by Collins Sakwah

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary While in Canada, safari websites and youtube channels sold to Zuri an image of a utopian Kenya, a land of hospitable people, natural beauty, nd world wonders. Upon arrival, however, she learns that Kenya is a far cry from what she expected. Unbeknown to her when she falls in love with Aiden, the poorest student in ger university was that her father betrothed her to the son of his business partner as part of his business agreement. When she is forced to choose between saving her fathers shares in a multi-million real estate company and the man she loves, she chooses to follow her heart. Her quest for love leads her into making discoveries within her fathers real estate company that threaten her life and those of her loved ones.

  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

    City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Ksh 1199

    Brief Summary "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other. 

  • Courage to Love by Ruth Mwongeli David

    Courage to Love by Ruth Mwongeli David

    Ksh 899

    Brief Summary A gripping tale of addiction, domestic abuse, betrayal, and unrelenting love Courage to Love is a romantic suspense novel set in Nairobi, Kenya. It follows the life of Zora, a young woman from an affluent family. She is being groomed to take over her father's business when she reunites with Bryan; a childhood friend who has morphed from a gawky teen into an Adonis. She jumps headfirst into a relationship with him and plummets into the dark abyss of addiction and soon disappears from the face of the earth.  Al is a young successful attorney who is secretly in love with Zora. He cannot act on his feelings because he has been here before and dating another client's daughter could bring him and his law firm into disrepute. He settles for being her friend and has a front-row seat to the havoc that Bryan wreaks on Zora's life. When she disappears he finally confronts his feelings and will stop at nothing to find her because the love he has for her now supersedes everything. When blinded by love, how much darkness is one willing to endure before choosing to seek the light?

  • Guilty by Joan Thatiah

    Guilty by Joan Thatiah

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary “I was calling to tell you the pregnancy test was faulty. I took another one at the clinic and it turned out negative.” “Oh, that’s great news.” His response was like a punch in her belly. “Yes, it is great news. It is late. Have a good one,” she said as hot tears pricked her eyes. He could reject her, but she was not going to give him a chance to reject her child. After she had cried her voice hoarse, she had a cold shower and sat in candle light on her couch, her body draped in a bright red kikoy. As smart and enlightened as she was, a man had left her holding a baby. This was something that happened to clueless teenagers. Not to women like her. But she couldn’t undo any of what had happened. All she could do now was allow herself to feel the shame. "

  • The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption), so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: he has not only witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, but actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

  • Blood and Oil by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

    Blood and Oil by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

    Ksh 2099

    Brief Summary Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power. From award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters Justin Scheck & Bradley Hope (coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale), this revelatory look at the world's most powerful ruling family reveals how a rift within Saudi Arabian royalty produced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a charismatic leader with a ruthless streak. *Longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award* 35-year-old Mohammed bin Salman's sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former UK prime minister Tony Blair and WME chairman Ari Emanuel flew out to meet with the crown prince and came away convinced that his desire to reform the kingdom was sincere. He spoke passionately about bringing women into the workforce and toning down Saudi Arabia's restrictive Islamic law. He lifted the ban on women driving and explored investments in Silicon Valley. But MBS began to betray an erratic interior beneath the polish laid on by scores of consultants and public relations experts like McKinsey & Company. The allegations of his extreme brutality and excess began to slip out, including that he ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While stamping out dissent by holding 300 people, including prominent members of the Saudi royal family, in the Ritz-Carlton hotel and elsewhere for months, he continued to exhibit his extreme wealth, including buying a $70 million chateau in Europe and one of the world's most expensive yachts. It seemed that he did not understand nor care about how the outside world would react to his displays of autocratic muscle-what mattered was the flex. Blood and Oil is a gripping work of investigative journalism about one of the world's most decisive and dangerous new leaders. Hope and Scheck show how MBS' precipitous rise coincided with the fraying of the simple bargain that had been at the head of US-Saudi relations for more than 80 years: oil, for military protection. Caught in his net are well-known US bankers, Hollywood figures, and politicians, all eager to help the charming and crafty crown prince. The Middle East is already a volatile region. Add to the mix an ambitious prince with extraordinary powers, hunger for lucre, a tight relationship with the White House through President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner, and an apparent willingness to break anything-and anyone-that gets in the way of his vision, and the stakes of his rise are bracing. If his bid fails, Saudi Arabia has the potential to become an unstable failed state and a magnet for Islamic extremists. And if his bid to transform his country succeeds, even in part, it will have reverberations around the world. "

  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Hardcover

    Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones Hardcover

    Ksh 2099

    Brief Summary With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's two families—the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters ”the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle ”she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers ”think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye”Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers.

  • One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

    One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

    Ksh 1499

    Brief Summary Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him.This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson - all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliche, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.  

  • The River and the Source by Margaret Ogola

    The River and the Source by Margaret Ogola

    Ksh 599

    Brief Summary In 1995, this novel won both the Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book in the Africa Region. Now reprinted, it remains in great demand. An epic story spanning cultures, it tells the lives of three generations of women. It traces the story of Akoko in her rich traditional Luo setting, through to the children who live and die in the 20th century.

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