PositiveLibrary JournalRecounting her childhood experience during the Liberian Civil War, Moore’s (She Would Be King) memoir takes readers from a child’s journey to a mother’s memory, recounting the horrors of her family’s flight to safety, the displacement of diaspora, and the everyday challenges of being African in America ... Moore’s narrative style shines, weaving moments of lightness into a story of pain and conflict, family and war, loss and reunion. Recommended for readers of women’s stories and those interested in learning about African lived experience both on the continent and in the diaspora.
PositiveLibrary JournalMachado’s frequent use of second-person narration is especially harrowing, placing readers inside the Dream House as she recounts the events surrounding her relationship. In this open examination of abuse—how it starts, how it hides, how it tears at the victim’s sense of self—Machado reimagines and plays with the memoir form, bridging the gap between reader and author in a way that is original and haunting ... A thought-provoking account for anyone interested in the experience of abuse survivors and lesbian narratives; trigger warning for descriptions of physical and emotional abuse.
PositiveLibrary JournalSesay further sheds light on the events surrounding the rise of Boko Haram and its campaign against education, particularly women\'s education across the north of Nigeria, revealing the lack of reporting on African affairs beyond the continent and illuminating the role of African politics in the global arena ... Great for readers who want to learn more about African gender politics, the history of Boko Haram, and women in the media.
Nishta J. Mehra
RaveLibrary JournalMehra\'s nuanced and thought-provoking work resonates on multiple levels—from the immigrant experience and race relations to accepting one\'s sexuality, adoption, parenthood, and more. Excellent for readers interested in family and issues of identity in America.
Jean Hatzfeld and Joshua Jordan
RaveLibrary JournalThe touching interviews are incredibly human: survivor\'s guilt bound in hope for the future; the guilt of a killer\'s child bound in hope for reconciliation. It is easy to forget that this is a work in translation; the interviews flow seamlessly and possess a natural cadence that make them feel incredibly intimate ... An honest, often hopeful book featuring subjects who speak with candor, hiding nothing. Several of the interviews include descriptions of the bloodshed, but Hatzfeld does not focus on the violence. An excellent choice for readers and researchers interested in reconciliation and the psychosocial impact of genocide.