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    Deadlier 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women

    Ksh 3699

    Brief Summary 100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by Sophie Hannah. From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been drawn to criminal acts.  Here, award-winning author Sophie Hannah brings together 100 of her favourite examples. Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.  

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    Gold of Our Fathers by Kwei Quartey

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary Darko Dawson, Chief Inspector in the Ghana police service, returns in this atmospheric crime series often compared to Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. Darko Dawson has just been promoted to Chief Inspector in the Ghana Police Service—the promotion even comes with a (rather modest) salary bump. But he doesn’t have long to celebrate because his new boss is transferring him from Accra, Ghana’s capital, out to remote Obuasi in the Ashanti region, an area now notorious for the illegal exploitation of its gold mines. When Dawson arrives at the Obuasi headquarters, he finds it in complete disarray. The office is a mess of uncatalogued evidence and cold case files, morale is low, and discipline among officers is lax. On only his second day on the job, the body of a Chinese mine owner is unearthed in his own gold quarry. As Dawson investigates the case, he quickly learns how dangerous it is to pursue justice in this kingdom of illegal gold mines, where the worst offenders have so much money they have no fear of the law.  

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    African Twilight The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent

    Ksh 17999

    Brief Summary African Twilight is the two-volume, slipcased magnum opus of the two pioneering documentary photographers of African tribal cultures and ceremonies--a world that is quickly vanishing before our very eyes. Now, nearly two decades after these photographer's landmark African Ceremonies and with a greater sense of urgency, this book completes the journey, covering disappearing rituals and ceremonies from some of the most inaccessible corners of the African continent, to create the definitive statement on this subject. This new landmark volume will set the standard for capturing a visual testament to the vanishing traditions of African peoples. No other book like this exists or can ever be created again, as more than 40 percent of what has been documented here has already vanished. For the last 15 years of their four decades of African fieldwork, world-renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have continued their journey across Africa, seeking out remote communities to record the sacred ceremonies, powerful art forms, and boundless creativity of the people living there today. This ground-breaking book is a testament to these vanishing moments and peoples. African Twilight is a celebration of the powerful artistry and boundless creativity of Africa's cultural heritage for audiences worldwide, transporting viewers into a world of connections between individual and community, body and soul, land and people. All of the photography is previously unpublished.  

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    The French Revolution and What Went Wrong

    Ksh 3499

    Brief Summary Legend has it that, in a few busy weeks in July 1789, a despotic king, his freeloading wife, and a horde of over-privileged aristocrats, were displaced and then humanely dispatched. In the ensuing years, we are told, France was heroically transformed into an idyll of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité. In fact, as Stephen Clarke argues in his informative and eye-opening account of the French Revolution, almost all of this is completely untrue. In 1789 almost no one wanted to oust King Louis XVI, let alone guillotine him. While the Bastille was being stormed by out-of-control Parisians, the true democrats were at work in Versailles creating a British-style constitutional monarchy. The founding of the Republic in 1792 unleashed a reign of terror that caused about 300,000 violent deaths. And people hailed today as revolutionary heroes were dangerous opportunists, whose espousal of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité did not stop them massacring political opponents and guillotining women for demanding equal rights. Going back to original French sources, Stephen Clarke has uncovered the little-known and rarely told story of what was really happening in revolutionary France, as well as what went so tragically and bloodily wrong.  

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    Soaring Above the Storms of Passion by Musalia Mudavadi

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary Mudavadi’s memoir, Soaring Above the Storms of Passion, paints Odinga as a man under pressure who was willing to play tricks on both friend and foe to overcome the difficult situation before him. Some of Mudavadi’s claims have also corroborated what had already been written by exiled Kenyan activist Miguna Miguna who was part of Odinga’s team in the aftermath of August General Election. For instance, Mudavadi writes of the plan to have a parallel swearing in ceremony for Odinga. The plan received a lot of opposition from the international community and the ANC Party Leader says one Western country went as far as to cancel Odinga’s visa and that of many of his allies. Mudavadi was in the team of those who believed the Opposition chief should not have been sworn in but Odinga was also under a lot of pressure from the swearing in diehards who included Miguna Miguna, James Orengo, Jimmy Wanjigi, Raila Junior, among others. As the pressure mounted, Mudavadi, in consultation with Raila and the technical team decided to announce the postponement of the swearing in ceremony that had been expected to take place on December 12th 2018. Just before Mudavadi could make the announcement during a press conference at Okoa Kenya office, Raila became untraceable. Unknown to Mudavadi, the Opposition chief was holed up in Jimmy Wanjigi’s house in Muthaiga where the Okoa Kenya TV had planned to film a swearing in ceremony which would then be distributed on the internet. The team in Wanjigi’s house did not know that Raila had already directed the swearing in ceremony to be postponed, and kept asking Mudavadi why he was taking too long to make the announcement. “I learnt from people present that Raila seemed to have been very shocked to watch us on TV calling off the swearing in. He is reported to have said, “Oh they are calling it off?”At this point the swearing in at Muthaiga was called off. Before we left for the Okoa Kenya offices, he had called me to ask why we were taking long to make the announcement,” Mudavadi writes in his new book.  

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    The Beauty of Waiting by Tabitha Kihara

    Ksh 999

    Brief Summary THE BEAUTY OF WAITING. Are you tired of waiting for God’s perfect timing? What is the purpose of the wait? Does God have a reason? Waiting is painful and often draining yet, travailing through this life calls for it. It is in the seasons of waiting and being still before God that we find our purpose, healing and eventually develop an intimate relationship with the Lord. The author advocates for a purpose driven life and offers incredible insight into the role of pain in our lives. From experience, pain reintroduced her to herself, but most importantly it reintroduced her to God. The beauty of waiting analyses the concept of waiting offering wisdom on how to make the most   from every season. It explores the developmental growth that comes from embracing these seasons and the fruit that's birthed in you in the process. Every chapter has an illustration and an inspirational account of the author’s experience along with Biblical wisdom on waiting.  Whether you are currently in a season of waiting or simply need encouragement in preparation for such an occurrence, this book is a must read for you.  

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    Breaking the Boundaries between Fantasy and Reality

    Ksh 699

    Brief Summary Breaking the Boundaries between Fantasy and Reality is an impulse, a more than a force or rather a push to profound levels of greatness. What would be the greatest desire for existence than realizing your true worth, abilities, Forte and fortitude to attaining all that your heart ever desired regardless of the state of existence you are in?  This is the book that brings you to the realization of that self in you, that great eminent, distinguished symbol of significance. It is an escape blueprint from the worst and demotivating world of cocoons of fantasy in one’s existence, and start thinking of their lives positively. In the best way so as to realize their divine purpose in life. The author has explored into depth the reasons why majority of people do not realize their dreams in life. He has succeeded in offering solutions to these Fantasies that never become a reality. It comprises of 12 chapters of great power and relentless wisdom to enhance your ability to think positively, to improve your knowledge as well as to learn more. Each chapter has a taste of its own glamour and taste, full of humor and educative stories, based on truth and others on fiction. It is a book you won’t imagine of putting down when you start reading it though. You fail to read this, and you will be missing a very great transformational information about a life, from a person who has seen life in different perspective through life experience to becoming a better person.  

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    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl.  But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.  

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    Think Like a White Man

    Ksh 1899

    Brief Summary The White Man Commandments 1. Politics trumps performance 2. Compassion impedes progress 3. Winning justifies everything (and anything) 4. Victory is only complete upon the absolute humiliation or, preferably, humiliating death of an opponent 5. Racism has immense strategic benefit 6. A fact is not a fact until a White Man or at least a white person says it is a fact . . . even when it is not a fact 7. Activism is a societal ill but occasionally a useful tool 8. Sex is a treat, a threat, a weakness, a necessity and a bargaining chip 9. Cash rules - and everyone has a price 10. Power is the prize 11. A White Man must be respected, feared or at least, loved 12. The White Man is God (Elvis is King, the Beatles are the greatest, Eminem is., etc.)  

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    Loyal Enemies by Jamie Gilham

    Ksh 2399

    Brief Summary Loyal Enemies: British Converts to Islam 1850-1950 Loyal Enemies uncovers the history of the earliest British converts to Islam who lived their lives freely as Muslims on British soil, from the 1850s to the 1950s. Drawing on original archival research, it reveals that people from across the range of social classes defied convention by choosing Islam in this period.  Through a series of case studies of influential converts and pioneering Muslim communities, Loyal Enemies considers how the culture of Empire and imperialism influenced and affected their conversions and subsequent lives, before examining how they adapted and sustained their faith. Jamie Gilham shows that, although the overall number of converts was small, conversion to Islam aroused hostile reactions locally and nationally.  He therefore also probes the roots of antipathy towards Islam and Muslims, identifies their manifestations and explores what conversion entailed socially and culturally. He also considers whether there was any substance to persistent allegations that converts had "divided" loyalties between the British Crown and a Muslim ruler, country or community.  Loyal Enemies is a book about the past, but its core themes--about faith and belief, identity, Empire, loyalties and discrimination-- are still salient today.  

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    The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson Hardcover

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you. In this 8th anniversary edition you’ll read not only the life-changing concepts of the original book, but also learn what author Jeff Olson discovered as he continued along the slight edge path: the Secret to Happiness and the Ripple Effect. This edition of The Slight Edge isn’t just the story, but also how the story continues to create life-altering dynamics—how a way of thinking, a way of processing information, can impact daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. The Slight Edge is “the key” that will make all the other how-to books and self-help information that you read, watch and hear actually work.  

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    African Renaissance by Fantu Cheru

    Ksh 4199

    Brief Summary African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization. Fantu Cheru attempts to shed new light on the topic of economic development in Africa. He roots his wide-ranging arguments firmly in the actual realities of what is going on in Africa --the practical lessons to be learned from both mistakes made and the initiatives which have born positive fruit.  He argues for a middle way that goes beyond simple state-led versus market-driven approaches to Africa's development.  

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