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Love, Meditation, and a Young Woman Overseas - Librarian Book Picks

By ZODML on 14 Apr, 2014

Check out this week’s selection of great books chosen by our librarians! You can find all of these awesome titles and more at our Community Library at 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Looking for your next great read? Search our catalogue and e-library or browse previous picks for inspiration. 

The Spider King's Daughter by Chibundo Onuzo

The Spider King's Daughter is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, a city torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty. Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected by armed guards and ferries everywhere in a huge black jeep. But being her father's favourite comes with uncomfortable duties, and she is often lonely behind the high walls of her house. A world away from Abike's mansion, in the city's slums, lives a seventeen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father's death and now runs after cars on the roadside selling ice cream to support his mother and sister. When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one day, they strike up an unlikely and tentative romance, defying the prejudices of Nigerian society. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie...

Onuzo is one of 10 Nigerian authors featured on the Africa39 list. Congrats to her!

A Journey Through Breath by Ezolaagbo Achikeobi

Filled with practical advice, exercises and spiritual wisdom, A Journey Through Breath takes even the most hesitant explorer on an intimate meditation journey into self.

Nothing Need Change by Ngozi Ekezie Ozioma was surprised when her stern father agreed to let her leave home to work in the city, and then sent her to train as a nurse overseas. He was convinced that nothing need change; a well-trained girl would remain good wherever she was. But a student's life in Britain is very different from a young teacher's life in Enugu, as Ozioma soon discovers.

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