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    Perfect Timing by Irene Melissa

    Ksh 599

    Brief Summary Perfect Timing is a timely and valuable book written with humor, sympathy and a genius verve. It evolves around the life of a once poor young village orphan escalating to a twice rich matured city dweller Amanda. Her entire life was synchronized with torrents of pain, sickness, anger, grief/death, disappointment, conflict/tension, reconciliation and piety. Even more to the point of rejection and dejection from her once man of her dreams, or to put it in simple terms; her causal soul-mate Ronny. The villain who later turns to an ultimatum of conversion and reconciliation. The book is also a gripping digest of the endemic woes confronting the cradle of a girl child, typically the plight of an African girl child who is swallowed by the mysteries of time. She is unsure whether the dancing competition which didn’t favor her ushered a new dawn which is to be a dim later, or whether Ronny is really genuine to offer money after losing the competition, or what best is to follow Susan her mother’s advice of prioritizing school before advancing into love affairs or her instincts which seemed to dominate only little does she know that everything has its own time and season.  

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    The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. Learn the fastest way to change your life... Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears.  What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?  Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a "push moment."  Then, she'll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self. It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do you'll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel's TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world's largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement. In The 5 Second Rule, you'll discover it takes just five seconds to: Become confident Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt Beat fear and uncertainty Stop worrying and feel happier Share your ideas with courage The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face--we hold ourselves back. The secret isn't knowing what to do--it's knowing how to make yourself do it. 

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    Uhuru Kenyatta A Legacy of Democracy and Development

    Ksh 4399

    Brief Summary Uhuru Kenyatta: A Legacy of Democracy and Development by Uhuru Kenyatta "

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    A Celebrity Chef in Africa by Eamon Mullan

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary Eamon’s book is called, Food for the Famous: A Celebrity Chef in Africa. Yes, in his times – travelling and working across different countries, but particularly in Kenya – he has cooked for many celebrities. And, a unique thing about the autobiography is the final part, which is a collection of 18 recipes he has served to people – an amazing group that includes Queen Elizabeth, Michael Caine and Robert Redford. His many years at the Norfolk, where he was the executive chef and food and beveridge director, must have been the highpoint of his career. He must feel very proud, too, about the superb Pango Restaurant he created at the Fairview. But it was at the Norfolk that he met – and cooked for – most of his celebrities. One of the guests staying there the night of the bombing was Paul Simon, of Simon and Garfunkel fame. And over the years there were so many more; among them, in addition to the three I have mentioned above, there was Richard Burton (the great actor not the explorer!) the singer Adam Faith, the footballer Pele, the actress Meryl Streep, the actor Ben Cross, the cricketer David Gower and the racing driver Jackie Stewart. Eamon’s brief references to them are fascinating – the way he made a special soup for Michael Cain after he had complained, for example, or his judgement that Pele was “such a gentleman” and David Gower “humble and down-to-earth.” Perhaps I should jump ahead and tell you about a couple of the “celebrity recipes.”

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    Good Vibes Good Life by Vex King

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness. Be the best version of you that YOU can be. How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness?  In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:  - practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing  - cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation  - change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life - manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques - overcome fear and flow with the Universe - find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others  In this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to change the world.

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    Scented Play dough Homemade- 5 pieces

    Ksh 600

    Key Features Homemade scented play dough with bright colours and fun smells. Great for developing children’s fine motor skills. Encourages them to explore with their creativity while learning about their senses and having fun along the way.

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    Intepen e Maasai Book by S S Ole Sankan

    Ksh 699

    Brief Summary Intepen e Maasai Book by S. S. Ole Sankan

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    Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you'll understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way. Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work - in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing" - filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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    Self Search by Kelvin Agengo

    Ksh 1199

    Brief Summary In Self Search, Kelvin mines from the depths of his life’s experiences, hours of research, and meditation to bring out and share some fundamental lessons that prove very empowering as one travels the journey of life. Through this riveting yet deeply reflective collection, you will be inspired to open your eyes and perceive the patterns of life, the infinity that exists in all, conduct an audit of your internal drivers, have a grasp of the practical empowering meaning of gratitude, focus, embody grit, finish well and above all, be ready for the life that comes upon the attainment of your goals, when you get there.   

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    The Legacies of Julius Nyerere

    Ksh 3399

    Brief Summary The Legacies of Julius Nyerere: Influences on Development Discourse and Practice in Africa. Julius Kambarage Nyerere is widely recognized as one of the most important African figures of the twentieth century. From politics to economics to language policy and education, Nyerere has had an important influence on development discourse and practice in Africa and beyond. The essays in this book offer a critical reflection of these influences good, bad, and undecided. Written by scholars with extensive experience in development debates in Tanzania and other parts of Africa, the essays cover a wide range of themes and points of view. Contributors include Ngugi wa Thiong'o, John S Saul, Julius Nyang'oro, Cranford Pratt, Gerry Helleiner, Colin Leys, Eunice Njeri Sahle, and David A McDonald.

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    Development as Rebellion A biography of Julius Nyerere

    Ksh 6399

    Brief Summary Julius Kambarage Nyerere was born on April 13, 1922 in Butiama, on the eastern shore of lake Victoria in north west Tanganyika. His father was the chief of the small Zanaki tribe. He was 12 before he started school (he had to walk 26 miles to Musoma to do so). Later, he transferred for his secondary education to the Tabora Government Secondary School. His intelligence was quickly recognized by the Roman Catholic fathers who taught him. He went on, with their help, to train as a teacher at Makerere University in Kampala (Uganda). On gaining his Certificate, he taught for three years and then went on a government scholarship to study history and political economy for his Master of Arts at the University of Edinburgh (he was the first Tanzanian to study at a British university and only the second to gain a university degree outside Africa. In Edinburgh, partly through his encounter with Fabian thinking, Nyerere began to develop his particular vision of connecting socialism with African communal living. On his return to Tanganyika, Nyerere was forced by the colonial authorities to make a choice between his political activities and his teaching. He was reported as saying that he was a schoolmaster by choice and a politician by accident. Working to bring a number of different nationalist factions into one grouping he achieved this in 1954 with the formation of TANU (the Tanganyika African National Union). He became President of the Union (a post he held until 1977), entered the Legislative Council in 1958 and became chief minister in 1960. A year later Tanganyika was granted internal self-government and Nyerere became premier. Full independence came in December 1961 and he was elected President in 1962. Nyerere’s integrity, ability as a political orator and organizer, and readiness to work with different groupings was a significant factor in independence being achieved without bloodshed. In this he was helped by the co-operative attitude of the last British governor – Sir Richard Turnbull. In 1964, following a coup in Zanzibar (and an attempted coup in Tanganyika itself) Nyerere negotiated with the new leaders in Zanzibar and agreed to absorb them into the union government. The result was the creation of the Republic of Tanzania. Ujamma, socialism and self reliance As President, Nyerere had to steer a difficult course. By the late 1960s Tanzania was one of the world’s poorest countries. Like many others it was suffering from a severe foreign debt burden, a decrease in foreign aid, and a fall in the price of commodities. His solution, the collectivization of agriculture, villigization (see Ujamma below) and large-scale nationalization was a unique blend of socialism and communal life. The vision was set out in the Arusha Declaration of 1967 (reprinted in Nyerere 1968):

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    Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture by Emma Dabiri

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary Stamped from the Beginning meets You Can't Touch My Hair in this timely and resonant essay collection from Guardian contributor and prominent BBC race correspondent Emma Dabiri, exploring the ways in which black hair has been appropriated and stigmatized throughout history, with ruminations on body politics, race, pop culture, and Dabiri’s own journey to loving her hair. Emma Dabiri can tell you the first time she chemically straightened her hair. She can describe the smell, the atmosphere of the salon, and her mix of emotions when she saw her normally kinky tresses fall down her shoulders. For as long as Emma can remember, her hair has been a source of insecurity, shame, and—from strangers and family alike—discrimination. And she is not alone. Despite increasingly liberal world views, black hair continues to be erased, appropriated, and stigmatized to the point of taboo. Through her personal and historical journey, Dabiri gleans insights into the way racism is coded in society’s perception of black hair—and how it is often used as an avenue for discrimination. Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, and into today's Natural Hair Movement, exploring everything from women's solidarity and friendship, to the criminalization of dreadlocks, to the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids. Through the lens of hair texture, Dabiri leads us on a historical and cultural investigation of the global history of racism—and her own personal journey of self-love and finally, acceptance. Deeply researched and powerfully resonant, Twisted proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.

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