When I want to raise my game I read self help non-fiction. If you need that this month, check out Joanna Barsh's Grow Wherever You Work: Straight Talk to Help With Your Toughest Challenges. Joanna has mentored me and I can personally tell you that she is a research-backed straight talker that delivers.
When I need to escape, I read novels. And this month Ayobami Adebayo's debut, Stay With Me, did not disappoint. With every page I was transported away from the 24-hour barrage of Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein to the home of a Nigerian couple struggling with how far to bend truth for love.
Yejide and Akin marry after meeting at their University and embark on their life together with enormous optimism. So Yejide is blindsided when, after she does not become pregnant, their family shows up with a young woman who they introduce as Akin's second wife. This book was such a powerful demonstration of how relentless culture is in shaping our expectations about who we are and how obsessed we subsequently become with carrying out the roles society assigns to each of us. Stay With Me is also a breathtaking tribute to the female spirit and our fortitude in manifesting our worst fears...and hopes. I can't wait to read more from this emerging artist. I will go wherever Ayobami Adebayo takes me.