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Recommended memoir books (5)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. If you are into memoir here are some memoir books from Kenya for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge.


Birth of a Dream Weaver : A Writer's Awakening by Ngugi Wa Thiong EN

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Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
From one of the world's greatest writers, the story of how the author found his voice as a novelist at Makerere University in Uganda as a student In this acclaimed memoir, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--crucial years during which he found his voice as a journalist, short story writer, playwright, and novelist just as colonial empires were crumbling and new nations were being born--under the shadow of the rivalries, intrigues, and assassinations of the Cold War. Haunted by the memories of the carnage and mass incarcera... continue
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022


Dreams in a Time of War : A Childhood Memoir by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
Recounts the story of the author's childhood, covering his early years in World War II-era Kenya as the fifth child of a third wife, his thirst for learning that singled him out, and the political struggles that shaped his life.
Tags: Set in KENYA
Recommended: 10 Jan 2023


One Day I Will Write about This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina EN

Rating: 3.8     6 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him.This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson - all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa, a moving family... continue
Recommended: 05 Sep 2022


Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris EN

Rating: 4     23 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A shining portrait of a presciently modern political genius maneuvering in a gilded age of wealth, optimism, excess and American global ascension.”—San Francisco Chronicle WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY • “[Theodore Rex] is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison.”—Times Literary Supplement Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years befo... continue
Recommended: 22 Oct 2022


Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai EN

Rating: 3.5     6 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
Born in a rural Kenyan village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most African girls then were uneducated.
Recommended: 26 Feb 2023

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