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Book Review
By Chiamaka Bob-Duru
THE ICARUS GIRL from Bloomsbury Press is the debut novel for 20-year old Helen Oyeyemi. The novels focal point is eight-year old Jess Harrison, the precocious, unstable daughter of a Nigerian mother and English father. While holidaying in Nigeria, Jess befriends TillyTilly, an imaginary friend who follows her to England. At first a welcome companion to Jess, TillyTilly becomes increasingly destructive as Jess gets closer to unraveling the mystery of her invisible ally.

THATS THE JOINT! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader from Routledge Press, edited by hip-hop scholar Murray Forman and acclaimed culture critic Marc Anthony Neal, brings together the best-known and most influential writings on rap and hip-hopfrom its humble beginnings as mainly African American male protest to contemporary mainstream consumer interest and appropriation by white culture. Spanning nearly 25 years of scholarship, criticism, and journalism, this unprecedented anthology showcases the evolution and continuing effect of one of the most creative elements of global popular culture since its advent in the late 1970s.

DAMBUDZO MARECHERA, A Source Book on His Life and Work from Africa World Press/Red Sea Press is the story of Dambudzo Marechera, who fifteen years after his death is still one of the most exciting and subversive writers Africa has produced. A cult hero for young Zimbabweans and a thorn in the flesh of officialdom, Marechera continues to inspire and disturb. In this documentary reader, Flora Veit-Wild offers a multifaceted portrait of a man whose life was as tortured as his fiction.