The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion

The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion

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Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices, and her novels have won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. In this elegantly rendered and wide-ranging collection of new and previously published essays, Forna writes intimately about displacement, trauma and memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the non-human world.

Movement is a constant here. In the title piece, "The Window Seat," she reveals the unexpected enchantments of commercial air travel. In "Obama and the Renaissance Generation," she documents how, despite the narrative of Obama's exceptionalism, his father, like her own, was one of a generation of gifted young Africans who came to the United Kingdom and the United States for education and were expected to build their home countries anew after colonialism. In "The Last Vet," time spent shadowing Dr. Jalloh, the only veterinarian in Sierra Leone, as he works with the street dogs of Freetown, becomes a meditation on what a society's treatment of animals tells us about its principles. In "Crossroads," she examines race in America from an African perspective, and in "Power Walking" she describes what it means to walk in the world in a Black woman's body and in "The Watch" she explores the raptures of sleep and sleeplessness the world over.

Deeply meditative and written with a wry humor, The Window Seat confirms that Forna is a vital voice in international letters.

Title:The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802158581
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    The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion Reviews

  • Joy D

    Non-fiction series of essays the author has written for various publications over the years, plus several new pieces, now consolidated into one place. The common theme is travel or migration, either b...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘To fly alone as a child was my first taste of what it might feel like to be on my own in the world.’What can I tell you about this beautiful collection of non-fiction essays? Ms Forna writes abou...

  • Vansa

    This is an excellent collection of essays, that captures Aminatta Forna's peripatetic life, and her wonderful insights on the human ( and sometimes animal) condition. I loved her memoir about her Chil...

  • Pascale

    Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader's Copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am so glad that I request a copy of this! I have a few titles by Forna on my TBR list, but ha...

  • Austen to Zafn

    I was immediately sucked in by the first line: "Here are four words you rarely hear today: I love to fly." Yes! I do too! Here was someone who, like me, still loves the excitement and adventure of tra...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    Aminatta Forna is one of those writers who I wish was more well known in the United States. She is the author of numerous well-regarded and award-winning memoirs and novels, but she’s far from a hou...

  • Jade

    A few years ago I read Aminatta Forna’s exceptionally beautiful novel The Memory of Love and was really excited to read some of her non-fiction work. The Window Seat definitely did not disappoint! I...

  • Cflack

    "People talk about roots but plants have roots not human beings. Humans have feet and feet are meant for walking. When the Vikings learned to build boats they climbed into those and sailed the seas. N...

  • Kaye

    Like all of Aminatta Forna's book, this was a delight to read. She's one of the best writers we have, and this was especially rewarding because it's a collection of essays offering insight into her ri...

  • Chantal Lyons

    This is a great audiobook for listening to while walking = being on the move lends itself to the atmosphere of travel in many of Forna's essays, and her voice is precise and pleasing to listen to. The...