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Voice of America, Ogbanje and Adventures on the Road - Books of the Week: July 29, 2013

By ZODML on 29 Jul, 2013

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: Voice of America by EC Osondu A father takes his sons on an outing to witness a death by firing squad; a young girl blinded in a household accident starts seeing things others cannot; a Nigerian deported from America tries every trick in the book to get himself back to the US; American oil workers hanging out at in a Port Harcourt bar become the targets of kidnappers and more - this book by the winner of the 2009 Caine Prize is a collection of captivating tales about Nigeria and America, and the frayed bonds that connect the two countries. Non-fiction: The World of the Ogbanje by Chinwe Achebe This book is the result of in-depth research into the Igbo worldview of the ogbanje phenomenon famously addressed through the character of Ezinma in the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Children and Young Adults: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray Awarded the John Newbery Medal as "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" in the year of its publication, Adam of the Road tells of the adventures eleven-year-old Adam has as he travels across thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick. What books are you reading this week? Share with us in the comments!

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