“See Now Then” by Jamaica Kincaid. Available on Amazon.com. “See Now Then” is Kincaid’s first novel in 10 years and tells the story of a family and their life in New England. The book has been called “a poetic lyrical work”.
“Keeping Hope Alive” by Dr. Hawa Abdi with Sarah J. Robbins. A memoir of author Abdi who turned her property into a huge camp outside Mogadishu, Somalia for more than 90,000 displaced persons. As her country’s first female gynecologist, she, along with her two physician daughters, has been credited with saving tens of thousands of lives and provided education to hundreds of children. “Keeping Hope Alive” is scheduled for release April 2nd through Amazon.com
“Remembering Whitney” by Cissy Houston. Published by Harper.The mother of the late singer provides a candid memoir of her daughter. Forward by Dionne Warwick. The tell-all book has been slammed by Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina who says it is “disrespectful” to her and her mother and she said she plans to “boycott” it.
“The World is Moving Around Me”: A memoir of the Haiti Earthquake by Dany Laferriere. The Montreal-based author/playwright grew up in Haiti and was in the country for an international book festival when the earthquake struck. Haiti, once recognized as the first Black Republic in the world and the second after the U.S. to win independence in the Americas, still struggles to recover from the devastation and most of its citizens are poverty-stricken. Although Laferriere accepted the Canadian embassy’s offer of a flight home, he felt compelled to return. He traveled in the country recording the recovery process and the beginnings of the return to normalcy. He concedes that although it will take a long time, he believes Haiti will eventually rise above the quake and poverty. Available through Amazon.com
“In The House of the Interpreter” by Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a memoir of growing up in the 50s during Kenya’s fight for Independence from Britain. The author was studying at a British boarding school – his brother was a Mau Mau insurgent. On a visit home he found his family home had been razed and the entire village had been relocated to a “concentration village”, close to the guard tower. The book captures the struggle of a people during a tumultuous period of Kenya’s history.