Tolani Osan

Tolani Osan

Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs women’s interest blog, MyDresscapades.com, and writes on topics such as fashion, food, perpetual “singledom”, and feminism. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on twitter @dresscapades

 

Posts by Tolani Osan

A Hilarious Memoir of an Awkward Life

I’ve spent much of my twenties trying to come to terms with my awkwardness, cringing months—years, even—after any given social misstep. Enter Issa Rae, the queen of graceless girls like me. Her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and hilarious resulting memoir provide an uncannily accurate and helpful guide for navigating the world as an awkward black girl.

13 Thought-Provoking Books from The Moth Podcast Storytellers

Inspired by the moths that would gather around the porch light while sharing stories with friends on sweltering Georgia nights, poet and novelist George Dawes Green founded The Moth, an acclaimed organization dedicated to the craft of storytelling. Raconteurs—some famous, most not—get on stage to tell their true stories, often in front of standing-room-only crowds. No notes, just the storyteller and a mic. The Moth Radio Hour, the resulting podcast, is magical, and often makes for a powerful and thought-provoking listen during commutes where I’ve both laughed and cried amongst strangers.  Here are thirteen books from authors who have stood on the Moth stage.

14 Recommended Reads From Reese Witherspoon

Oscar-winning actress and producer, mother, Southern-inspired apparel designer . . . book aficionado? Reese Witherspoon does it all, but currently I’m most impressed with her bookshelf. In addition to gorgeous photos of her covetable life, her Instagram account is brimming with remarkable book recommendations. Here are fourteen favorite Reese Witherspoon–approved books you’ll want on your own bookshelf.

10 Cross-Cultural Novels that Illuminate the World We Live In

Literature has long allowed us to travel to distant corners of the world without leaving our own beds. Some books, however, bring you to two worlds at once. Their pages illuminate how disparate cultures can reveal the mystery and beauty in each other and make us aware of the hardships, dreams, and hidden scars of those we share space with.

A Timeless and Tragic Masterpiece of Afghanistan

I had a transformative moment on the rooftop of my aunt’s Lagos home at nineteen. I was getting my hair braided, as the sleepy Nigerian town below me slowly awakened, and reading Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Hosseini’s soulful writing evoked in me a new appreciation of storytelling. But it was his follow-up, A Thousand Splendid Suns, that has been anointed as my favorite book—a book I always revisit with a fresh pair of eyes.

13 Bookish Movies Now Streaming on Netflix

As book lovers, we tend to be skeptical about film adaptations, but we are fans of both the thirteen books on this list and their cinematic counterparts. Read the book, then stream the movie. Netflix is a marvelous thing.

A Novel that Explores the Dark Underbelly of the American Dream

When my parents purchased a home on Long Island, it felt like another gold star to our “pursuit of happiness” scorecard. We too were in a spirited pursuit of the all-American dream home: bedrooms with private bathrooms, pockets of burgundy garden mulch encasing a pristine lawn in a quiet suburban neighborhood. It amazes me whenever I pick up House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III how this very pursuit can bring out the ugliness in people, unearthing surprising truths and resulting in dire consequences.

A Powerful Novel of Race in Contemporary America

As a first generation Nigerian-American, I’ve witnessed friends and family waltz into the allure of American culture, following trends and customs without question and embracing the American dream of money and status. The ease with which they shape-shift from one persona to the other—accent on, accent off—is bewitching. I’ve also seen friends reject American culture altogether, question the validity of race and challenge racism, and endeavor to rise above the “heaviness” of blackness.

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s celebrated novel Americanah, shades of all these truths are present.

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