This week’s featured book, The Way I See It, is a humorous, brutally honest, controversial look at life in South Africa from Penguin Random House South Africa. Lerato Tshabalala has worked as a writer, editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplement, and motivational speaker. Keep reading to see what reviewers think of her first book!
BOOK REVIEW: The Way I See It: Musings Of A Black Woman In the Rainbow Nation
Lungile Sojini | Business Day
“…Tshabalala has written a lighthearted take on many contemporary social issues. She tackles politics, friendship and dating, beauty, sex, and tenders.”
“As an attempt to win the hearts and respect of South Africans, The Way I See It makes for an explosive debut.”
Review: The Way I See It
Kgomotso Moncho Maripane | IOL
“Tshabalala delves into the country’s political, social and cultural issues in a quirky, but honest way.”
“She doesn’t take herself too seriously and her tone is light, but she tackles some serious issues…”
“She is careful with how she treats these subjects and this is seen in how she rounds them up at the end of each chapter, where the poignancy of her voice and the well-meaning of the book come through.”
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Bobo Lukhele | Mpumalanga News
“In this book Lerato expresses her opinions on issues she sees as challenges and some have become a norm for many South Africans. She depicts life in the democratic South Africa and tells of how social media has changed our lives.”
About the Book
Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike. Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.
The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!