Be graceful. Be elegant. Be modest. Never make waves. How one girl learned the rules for happiness—and how to break them 

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Near and Dear: Front row, the author at age eight in Nigeria, 1985, with her immediate family: two sisters, three brothers and, bookending the group, her father and mother.

I first knew there was such a thing as blue mascara because of Aunty Chinwe.
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