ReadNUS Issue 42

JAN 2022 | ISSUE 42
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Here’s Your Reading Summary

Africa is an important region and includes some of the fastest economies in the world. It is a region with immense eco-diversity, thousands of languages and various cultures. In this edition of the newsletter, we recommend four titles that help you understand the history and politics of the continent.

This Week’s Reads:
African Politics and History

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This book summarises future space exploration plans in development both in the United States and abroad. It includes the increased shift to space privatisation as there are changes in NASA’s mission to bring it into partnering with commercial space companies.

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Literature remains one of the few disciplines that reflects the experiences, sensibility, worldview and living realities of its people. Ojaide’s book belongs to a tradition of personal reflections on literature by African creative writer-critics and forms the setting for the relationship of literature with African people’s lives and conditions.

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Addressing a complex issue in contemporary African politics, this volume will be of use to students and scholars interested in African studies, African politics, human rights, migration, history, law and development.

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This book argues that British rule bequeathed a culture of governance to Darfur under the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium (1916-1956), which often rested on state coercion and violence. This was also influenced by enduring local conceptions of the relationship between ruler and ruled, and the agendas of the local actors.
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Ancient Stories Retold

The Keeper of Stories – Abigail explores the fascinating world created by local author Suffian Hakim.

In this Singlit book, lovers of historical fiction and magical realism will be brought into a world filled with tears of laughter and sadness.

To read Abigail’s review of this magical story, head over to our website now!

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The Last Lecture – A father’s parting words to his children.

If tomorrow was our last day, how would we want to be remembered?

Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer and given only a few months to live. The Last Lecture was written to impart life lessons to his three young children. Along the way, these lessons have also changed the lives of many.

Daphne shares how these lessons have impacted her life and how it can impact yours too. To read more, head over to our website now!

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The Everywoman, Kim Jinyoung – Why is it so controversial?

In this review, Shauna Cheong shares about Kim Jinyoung, Born 1982, a novel that caused a sensation in Korea. Celebrities came under fire for promoting it, and couples even broke up over the contents of it. Given its innocuous nature as a recount of the life of a Korean millennial woman, what could have caused such an uproar?

To find out, head over to our website now!

Our Fiction Recommendations
The Readnus team has curated some of their favourite titles related to African Politics and History or works by authors from the continent. If you’re looking for a new read, give one of these titles a try!

Luise recommends:

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Zubin recommends:

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Yuki recommends:

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