Looking for a good book to read? Every week, ZODML spotlights three great books from our extensive collection to inspire readers to try out books they might not have previously heard of. The selections fall under three major categories – fiction, non-fiction and children and young adult literature – so there’s a book to suit every taste. All of the books selected are available to borrow at our Community Library. Also check out our archives to see which books have been selected in the past.
Fiction: The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon In The Lonely Londoners, we meet Moses, Galahad, Big City, Tolroy, Five Past Twelve, and other West Indians who have come to London in search of a dream but instead face a reality of racial discrimination, poverty and harsh winters. This novel, both joyful and sad, is an ode to the survival instinct of the modern immigrant. Non-Fiction: You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) Nigeria. Children and Young Adults: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Oliver Twistis a story of a poor orphan, Oliver, who survives starvation in the workhouse, his life with the evil Fagin, kidnap and robbery before eventually finding happiness.
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