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January Book Club: "Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria" by Noo Saro-Wiwa

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New York — Wednesday, January 6, 2021From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmLos Angeles — Wednesday, January 6, 2021From 9:00 am to 10:00 amLondon — Wednesday, January 6, 2021From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmAthens — Wednesday, January 6, 2021From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pmSingapore — Thursday, January 7, 2021From 1:00 am to 2:00 amSydney — Thursday, January 7, 2021From 4:00 am to 5:00 am


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I thought a team member recommended this book to me but it turns out I stumbled across this book while on a book buying binge. It sounded cool and I wanted to expand to different countries (I'm way too hooked on books about Paris!).

This book was one of the best travel books I’ve read in recent memory. I absolutely loved it.

Author Noo Saro-Wiwa returns to her Nigerian homeland from London to learn more about her heritage, country, and her father. It’s filled with vivid descriptions, engaging prose, and wonderful dialogue that gives a lot of insight into the country and diversity of Nigeria.

And we're super excited to have her talk about her book at our second book club event and to help us kick off 2021!

She'll be around to talk about her book, about Nigeria, and answer your questions.

  • Nomadic Matt

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Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to visit her father in Nigeria―a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. After her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was killed there, she didn’t return for several years. Then she decided to come to terms with the country her father given his life for.

Traveling from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the decrepit kitsch of the Transwonderland Amusement Park, she explores Nigerian Christianity, delves into the country’s history of slavery, examines the corrupting effect of oil, and ponders the huge success of Nollywood.

She finds the country as exasperating as ever and frequently despairs at the corruption and inefficiency she encounters. But she also discovers that it is far more beautiful and varied than she had ever imagined, with its captivating thick tropical rain forest and ancient palaces and monuments―and most engagingly and entertainingly, its unforgettable people.

Noo Saro-Wiwa is a British-Nigerian author and freelance journalist. Her first book, Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012), was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2012, and was named The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, 2012. National Geographic and Oprah magazine also listed it among their top travel books.

It has been translated into French and Italian.

Noo writes book reviews, travel, and opinion articles for publications, including Condé Nast Traveller, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Prospect magazine, and City AM. She lives in London.

Connect with Noo:
— Twitter: http://twitter.com/noosarowiwa
— Instagram: http://instagram.com/noo.saro.wiwa
— Website: https://noosarowiwa.com

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