Many books have been written about relationships, but few tell you how to do it right, or how to spot the Mr. or Mrs. Right and walk them down the aisle. Single and Searching? How to Find and Marry Mr. Right is particularly written with that lady, tired of the dating game, and intending to get married in mind.
Published in 1979, the book was set in East Africa in the post colonial Kenya. The themes in this book include love, wealth versus poverty among others. The main characters are Caroline, Chuma the narrator, Kihuthu, Caroline’s father.
First published in 2005, Wanjiru Waithaka’s The Unbroken Sprit is set in Nairobi, Kenya in the 1990s, a time when women had begun to venture in the corporate world, and women emancipation was a very much a topical issue. In this captivating book, Waithaka tackles two important challenges faced by women then and today- sexual harassment and rape.
Set against the backdrop of the post colonial era in Kenya, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross depicts irony at its peak – with the devil on the cross instead of Jesus. Written entirely in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Gikuyu language after he declared he would no longer write in English, the book is a critical examination of Kenyan society. Deeply allegorical, it was written while the author was detained in prison.
Human Rights NGOs in East Africa: Political and Normative Tensions a book that came out in November 2010, is a collection of papers researched and empirically argued by East Africa’s most respected human rights campaigners and scholars: Joe Oloka Onyango, Makau Mutua, Willy Mutunga, Jacinta Muteshi, Muthoni Wanyeki, Sylvia Tamale, and Livingstone Ssewanyana.
Welcome to Nairobi, where the heat makes New Orleans on a hot summer day feel like spring. An unknown white woman is murdered and her body is left on the doorstep of a Rwanda Professor, Joshua Hakizimana, revered for the lives he saved during the Rwanda genocide – A bad combination for a murder investigation.
First published in 1965, The River Between is a candid portrayal of colonialism’s impact on East Africa. The book is set in rural Kenya, in the land of the Kikuyu community. The river referred to in the title, is the Honia river that separates the two ridges of Kameno and Makuyu. It flows through the valley of life, which brings the two ridges together.
Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is about a 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor, and was published in Kenya, East Africa in 2003.
The story begins with a missile attack on a plane, that kills two presidents. The seemingly calculated attack unleashes a chain of tragic events in Rwanda, culminating into one of the world’s most harrowing tales of genocide and ethno-violence.
In “The Constant Gardener”, Le Carré offers a typically compelling account of a man on the run, chased by his “own” side (Intelligence and the Foreign Office) as well as by the bad guys (thugs working for a pharmaceutical company). He teases us with a complex, interlocking information web — who knows what and what can we deduce about their relationships from that?
Without doubt, the greatest writer to emerge from his native Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is outstanding both for the number of books he has written and the enduring quality of his writing.