I didn’t expect to fall in love with this book. To be honest, I was just reading the first couple pages to dismiss it, and somehow it hooked my attention and with every page it won me over further. Dr Morayo de Silva is a genuinely good woman and a joy to spend time with. Boy, did I grow to like her! She’s weak and elderly, but her books matter to her more than almost anything, and she’s kind to homeless people and loves living in San Francisco where gay men are polite to her. For two days I got to spend time in her presence, accompanying her through a rather unexpected difficulty, learning what she was really made of. Pure pleasure! What the book lacks in plot or suspense it makes up in the delight of Morayo’s startling, incandescent life.
Regular price $14.95
20% off at University Book Store
Our price: $11.96
Meet elderly Dr. Morayo de Silva, half-Nigerian citizen of San Francisco, who values her books above everything and has a kind word for everyone.
A good author can reveal a person’s character in their interactions during a normal day. Sarah Ladipo Manyika does that expertly in her very short novel with the very long title, and then she adds a few surprises.
Told through multiple voices, it’s a slight but very touching story of age and time and kindness, allowing you to enjoy the company with a woman any sane person would want as their best friend.
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Nick’s Picks Book Club
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
The bookstore cafe
Monday, August 28, 6 pm
This one is short enough to read in a couple days. It’s perfect for a fun summer read that still has substance and heart. I’d love to have you stop by the bookstore café at the end of August and tell me what you thought of it. And what in the world the title means. — Nick