Oprah’s newest Book Club Book


Today Oprah announced the latest book in her book club and its Say You’re One Of Them by Uwen Akpan.

It first came out in June of 2008. I have had this on my TBR pile since the fall of last year. It was actually part of a book win that I never got to read. Perhaps I will make it a point to take it out and read.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.

A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family’s struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle’s attempt to sell them into slavery.

Aboard a bus filled with refugees—a microcosm of today’s Africa—a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear.

Uwem Akpan’s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

Do you think you will be reading this one?

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Comments

  1. I just read it and I think it’s an important book, but it’s a slow read and you can’t be distracted while you’re reading it.

  2. I will probably read this one. I did pick it up in the bookstore today but, we had to leave sooner than expected and didn’t make any purchases – until the next visit – I have two gift cards waiting to be used!

  3. I usually do not have any luck with Oprah’s books…. I actually gave up on her selections a long time ago – however this one looks to be my ind of book and she may have just redeemed herself. 🙂

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