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. Also check out our archives to see which books have been selected in the past.
Fiction: Black Boy: A Record of Youth and Childhood by Richard Wright
Both novel and autobiography, Black Boy tells the story of a young boy growing up in the Jim Crow era of the American South, and his struggle to become a writer in a world that constantly tries to crush his dreams.
Non-Fiction: Nigerian Civil War: A Study in Class Conflict by Ikenna Nzimiro
Professor Ikenna Nzimiro offers in-depth analysis of the specific roles played by different classes in Nigeria and Biafra during the Civil War to expose the role of the Nigerian elite, its commitments and contradictions throughout the crisis.
Children and Young Adults: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Tired of their servitude to the drunk and cruel Mr Jones, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Published in 1945, this powerful satire of the USSR under Stalin remains as vivid and relevant today as it was on its first publication.
What are you reading this week? Share with us in the comments!