Broken Places & Outer Spaces by Nnedi Okorafor

Broken Places & Outer Spaces

A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award-winning science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths.Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed. A college track star and budding entomologist, Nnedi’s lifelong battle with scoliosis was just a bump in her plan—something a simple operation would easily correct. B...

Details Broken Places & Outer Spaces

TitleBroken Places & Outer Spaces
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster/ TED
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Language, Writing, Biography

Reviews Broken Places & Outer Spaces

  • Britta Böhler
    Some interesting thoughts on creativity but the book was way to short (112 pages) to develop any of them in depth.2.5*
  • Vanessa Halls
    A quick and inspiring read. Okorafor's lush literary style is on full display, and every page packed a punch. It's not everyday you get such a brutally honest and intimate offering from one of your favorite authors, and not every author can produce nonfiction this lovely. I feel very privileged to have gotten to read this arc. It only cemented my certainty that Nnedi Okorafor is one of my favorite human beings on this planet.
  • Christen
    I fell in love with Binti last year. I honestly knew nothing about the author other than I should really read more of her stuff. I really enjoyed hearing Ms. Okorafor's stories of how and why she began telling her stories. I also appreciated the reference to related TED talks at the end of the book. This is a great story about resilience. Bad things happen to everyone, some things worse than others. Some things more lasting than others. I truly h...
  • Hannah
    I listened to the audiobook version (read by the author) and I was actually shocked by how short it was: even shorter than novellas like Binti.If you are familiar with Nnedi Okorafor's fiction, there are lots of Easter eggs in here, - including the concept of treeing. For everyone else, in addition to a personal memoir about finding one's new calling (and college major!) against the backdrop of botched surgery, there are also references to pop cu...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Nnedi Okorafor is an auto-buy author for me -- I love her work. This is a TED talk she did regarding her personal experiences when she was a college student and athlete and a surgery for scoliosis left her paralyzed. During the grueling experience of learning how to walk again and how to adapt to the reality of continuing issues with proprioception, she began to write as a way to cope -- and out of her broken place, she worked hard and developed ...
  • Marzie
    Acclaimed author Nnedi Okorafor's moving account of her experience with paralysis following scoliosis surgery at nineteen sheds insight into so much of her work. From her love of insects to her frightening experiences with racism while growing up in Chicago, you can find traces of her experiences in her Akata Witch series and her Binti novella trilogy. A fascinating and poignant account of a life-defining, if terrifying, experience.
  • Sierra
    Love it.
  • Nicolas Lontel
    Je suis super fan de Nnedi Okorafor, je crois que c'est une des écrivaines les plus brillantes en vie en ce moment (et une de mes préf., dans mon top 5 de tou·tes). Dès que j'ai su qu'elle écrivait un petit mémoire, je l'ai tout de suite commandé à la librairie et attendu· très longtemps sa sorti. Je n'ai pas vraiment regardé le résumé, je pensais simplement que ça allait parler de science-fiction.Je n'étais pas dans l'erreur, mais...
  • Richard
    You may hold this against me but I do not care to know about the private lives of authors, actors, or athletes that I follow. I focus on their work. What they do in their private lives does not effect me or my enjoyment of their work, unless they gain headlines by doing something totally egregious.I love Nnedi Okorafor’s writing. She combines science fiction with African history and culture in a unique and empowering way. Her characters work th...
  • Mary
    Ms. Okorafor is one of my favorite authors. I've enjoyed her science fiction stories and when I learned that she had a book coming out talking about how she got started writing science fiction I went online and pre-ordered it. She writes about her journey as an athlete who has scoliosis and needs surgery to correct it. The surgery doesn't go well and her belief in science is shaken. Readers will learn that not only is Ms. Okorafor an amazingly ta...
  • Nanette
    Nnedi Okorafor is a fascinating woman, and this book explores her beginnings and growth as a writer. It's a quick read, and will be interesting to her fans as well as to readers who are interested in the creative process. Her resilience and determination are exceptional. My only (minor) quibble is that I wanted more, especially about the intersection of Nigerian culture with the science fiction worlds that she creates. She starts to touch on it t...
  • Violeta
    I hadn’t heard of Nnedi Okorafor before picking up this book, and I don’t normally read sci-fi, but I do often read medical-ish creative nonfiction, and that’s how this book came to my attention.Okorafor’s writing is fierce and beautifully other, particularly in the sections when she is writing about the pain and recovery she undergoes after a scoliosis correction surgery leaves her temporarily paralyzed.I only wished Broken Places, Outer...
  • Nashwa
    This was a confusing book to read. It was a mixture between personal essay and memoir; which is a style that didn't work for me at all. In my opinion, the book should have been longer, more developed in some of the themes and more detailed on Okarafor's creative processes.
  • Amber
    Okorafor is a wonderful writer. I recently enjoyed reading Some of her science fiction writing and was interested in learning more about her. Luckily she had also written this about her life. It’s an inspirational read.
  • Danielle
    "What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become strengths greater than what we had when we were 'normal ' or unbroken.""It was because of and after the Breaking and my subsequent journey that I acquired this part of myself."
  • Maythinee Washington
    Short, but sweet. A mini-memoir about recovery and self-discovery.
  • Ken Kaufman
    Inspiring peek behind the curtain