Updated: Aug 22
This summer I haven't read as much as I would have wanted to. So I decided to ask a few people within my circle, the summer reads they'd highly recommend and these are the books I was presented with.
1. "The River Between" by Ngugi wa Thiong'o"
"It was my first interaction with African literature and I was hooked. The words, the story, the characters and how I could literally envision myself in the community setting was amazing. Couldn’t drop it.”
- Nana Yaw Ofori Atta
2. "This Monk Wears Heels" by Kodo Nishimura
"Personally I find the book very helpful to my current life.
This Monk Wears Heels is about Nishimura Kodo, a Japanese who is a certified Buddhist monk and also famous makeup artist who identifies as Gender gifted. In the book he tells of his experiences living in Japan and how the teachings of a monk relates to our daily life. He also talks about embracing who we are and not forcing ourselves to be anything otherwise. I can relate to his experience of being born mixed race in Japan.
Generally in the traditional Japanese society, the norm is everyone doing the same things; not bending the rules and following the historical patterns of not accepting different people in the Japanese culture.
When he left japan is when he freely was able to be who he is now "
- Alexandra Tomiyama
Fashion Designer & Artist