This book is newly, gorgeously out in paperback, and you should read it immediately. Jenn says:
This is the kind of book that makes me want to grab people by the arm as they walk past me on the street and shout: “Have you heard about this guy? This book?! It’s amazing!” Wainaina has literary chops (he won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing, is the founding editor of Kwani?, and has written for a smorgasbord of newspapers and magazines; you might recognize his name from his brilliant “How to Write About Africa” in Granta a few years ago) and as you read his memoir you can see why. His prose is incandescent, white-hot with vivid imagery and surreal word play, and he evokes childhood, Kenya, and the struggles of the creative mind brilliantly.