Even though I’ve contributed to several books over the years, welcome to my selection of books which I’ve authored so far. I would absolutely love you all to pick up a copy in support. Thanks so much and keep your lights shining brightly.
Everything Is Not Enough
From international bestselling author Lola Akinmade Åkerström, the highly anticipated follow-up to her debut novel, In Every Mirror She’s Black, focusing on the lives of three Black women as they fight their own personal struggles in one of the most egalitarian societies, Sweden.
Can a career woman truly have it all?
Powerful marketing executive Kemi Adeyemi has finally found the man she needs, but Tobias Wikström thinks she’s the most selfish woman he has ever met for asking him to give up his life in Sweden and move to the US for her own comfort. Will Kemi be forced to stay if she wants to keep him while chipping away at her hard-earned career? As things begin to sour and challenge her relationship with Tobias, someone else moves back into the picture.
Can having it all be a gilded cage?
Looking into divorce in Sweden isn’t what former model-turned-flight attendant Brittany-Rae von Lundin anticipated. Only jointly owned assets are split evenly between couples. Brittany gave up her career and came with nothing into Jonny’s kingdom. Having had a child with him, her greatest fear for Maya includes being cut off from the resources she’s become accustomed to. With a man obsessed with a ghost, trying to get away isn’t going to be easy. And the deeper she digs into his past, the darker the secrets she unravels.
Can you run from your past to have it all?
After fleeing her home through a client to seek a new life in Sweden, Yasmiin finds love in the arms of Yagiz Çelik while carving out her own small corner. But as someone from her past forces Yasmiin to become a caretaker before she’s ready, she now must confront and move beyond her teenage history, while following her dreams of becoming a makeup artist.
Everything Is Not Enough follows the loosely intertwined and messy lives of Kemi, Brittany, and Yasmiin as they interrogate themes of place, prejudice, and patriarchy in Europe, proving—yet again—that Lola Akinmade Åkerström is the next great voice of nuanced contemporary women’s fiction.
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In Every Mirror She’s Black (IEMSB)
An AMAZON Best of the Month Pick
Good Morning America (GMA) Book Club Buzz Pick
Finalist – 2022 AAMBC Literary Award for both eBook & audiobook
Shortlist – 2021 Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award
Shortlist – 2021 Bad Form Book of the Year
“Beautifully complex and deftly drawn…In Every Mirror She’s Black is a sexy, surprising, searing debut about love, loss, desire, and the many dimensions of Black womanhood.”—Deesha Philyaw, 2020 National Book Award Finalist & award-winning author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
An arresting debut for anyone looking for insight into what it means to be a Black woman in the world.
Three Black women are linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man in Stockholm as they build their new lives in the most open society run by the most private people.
Successful marketing executive Kemi Adeyemi is lured from the U.S. to Sweden by Jonny von Lundin, CEO of the nation’s largest marketing firm, to help fix a PR fiasco involving a racially tone-deaf campaign. A killer at work but a failure in love, Kemi’s move is a last-ditch effort to reclaim her social life.
A chance meeting with Jonny in business class en route to the U.S. propels former model-turned-flight-attendant Brittany-Rae Johnson into a life of wealth, luxury, and privilege—a life she’s not sure she wants—as the object of his unhealthy obsession.
And refugee Muna Saheed, who lost her entire family, finds a job cleaning the toilets at Jonny’s office as she works to establish her residency in Sweden and, more importantly, seeks connection and a place she can call home.
Told through the perspectives of each of the three women, In Every Mirror She’s Black is a fast-paced, richly nuanced yet accessible contemporary novel that touches on important social issues of racism, classism, fetishization, and tokenism, and what it means to be a Black woman navigating a white-dominated society.
Published as a lead hardcover from Sourcebooks (Sep 7), Head of Zeus (Oct 28), and Parresia Publishers (Oct 18). Foreign rights (German). Film/TV rights (UTA).
Read my publication journey here.
LAGOM: SWEDISH SECRET OF LIVING WELL
International bestselling book currently available in 18 foreign language editions!
As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst‘ (The right amount is best).
Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with what you’ve got. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives.
Full of insights and beautiful photographs, this authentic guide will help you make small, simple changes to your every day life – whether that’s your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home – so you can have a happier, more balanced way of living.
2018 Gold Winner for Best Travel Book – SATW Lowell Thomas Awards.
In the 1990s, I had an encounter with a book. A map. In a geography class in Nigeria. My eyes followed lines. Latitudes. Longitudes. The Greenwich Meridian. The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. My eyes went north. They rested on a point at the very top of the world. “I will reach the North Pole,” I said to my teenage self… And it remains my elusive goal.
Due North is a collection of travel observations, reflections, and snapshots spanning two decades across colors, cultures, and continents.
WELLBEING IN COSTA BRAVA
I have explored thermal waters and rejuvenating spas to reconnecting with nature through mindful therapy and relaxing coastal hikes around this stunning, rugged part of Catalonia, Spain.
The focus of the book is on some of the best wellbeing experiences – from rustic retreats and spas to local gastronomy, yoga, and connecting with nature.
So, if you’re looking to disconnect, recharge, and then reconnect, this is the book you need right now. Through this book, I take you on a rejuvenating journey through wellbeing in Costa Brava in 105 pages of vivid imagery.