April Book Discussion: Americanah

Join in the discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aprils book club focus......

One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year and an NBCC Award Finalist
An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.


“An incredibly readable and rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life, and the ways a handful of vivid characters—so vivid they feel like family—try to live in both worlds simultaneously. As she did so masterfully with Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently, equally adept at conveying the complicated political backdrop of Lagos as she is in bringing us into the day-to-day lives of her many new Americans—a single mom, a student, a hairdresser. This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adichie’s virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity.” —Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King

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  • Lynette

    As always, I had a wonderful time with a wonderful group of people!

    April 28

  • Monika

    I can't believe there are fellow bookies out there! Enjoyed the meeting.

    April 28

  • Mark F.

    That was really enjoyable. Really interesting discussion and just great seeing everybody.

    April 28

  • Monika

    Really enjoyed the meetup and the book discussion! Looking forward to next meeting.

    April 28

  • Jennifer

    Best Meetup yet for me, enjoyable book, great discussion. Thanks everyone!

    April 28

  • Christy

    Here's an interesting addition to the "truth is stranger than fiction" files that I just ran across while reading more about the author:
    "She’s [Adichie] been fighting off comparisons to [Chinua] Achebe all her life. They are both Nigerian, both Igbo, both educated in similar institutions, although Adichie is much, much younger (she’s only 35 now; Achebe was 82 when he died). Bizarrely, and most improbably, they also lived in the same house – Adichie’s family moving into the Nsukka University accommodation vacated by Achebe. That the two most famous authors from a country of 163-million people shared the same rooms is the kind of coincidence that neither could get away with in their writing."

    April 27

  • Mark F.

    ...I meant find me on Goodreads, if that wasn't obvious.

    April 27

  • Mark F.

    Once Goodreads came up I thought it would be cool to connect in that way, depending on how privately people want to keep those things. If you want to see what I'm reading, I think you can find me by my email, [masked].

    April 27

  • Christy

    Great discussion. Thanks, everyone!

    April 27

  • Mark F.

    Relevant post in the blog "Language Log" appeared today: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=11954

    April 27

  • Lynette

    I have not finished the book, life got in the way. But I will come anyway!

    April 27

  • Lynne

    Still on waiting list for this one, so I haven't read it. Hope to see you all next time...

    April 26

  • Caroline

    Here is a link to a TED talk by Adiche. We had to watch it for my class. It's very moving and might be good background for the book. I hope the link works. http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

    March 17

    • Jennifer

      Absolutely terrific, thank you!

      April 23

  • Valerie

    I wish I could join the discussion on Sunday. This is a great book. I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I have to be out of town that day for work.

    April 21

  • Jennifer

    Would someone please remind me to pay my annual dues?! I keep forgetting, and would like to do so. Many thanks, and see you on Sunday.

    April 21

  • Joicey H.

    Sorry, I'm in Zmexico. See you in May.

    April 21

  • Mark F.

    Just finished the book. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    April 20

  • Mark F.

    While we're at it, here's a Fresh Air interview from September (replayed recently as the book is just out in paperback): http://www.npr.org/2013/06/27/195598496/americanah-author-explains-learning-to-be-black-in-the-u-s

    For my part I'm holding off on consuming any of these until I finish the book, but I'm interested in them all.

    March 25

  • Abbi

    I really appreciate being part of this group. I'm not sure the 27th will work because of a group I host and am pretty sure there's no way I'm going to do pleasure reading in April, given work commitments. But if I can be there, even to listen, I'd love to come.

    March 17

  • Caroline

    Hi, this was actually going to be the 27th, so we avoid Easter weekend. Mark, can you please edit the date? Thanks!

    February 20, 2014

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  • Mark F.
    2014 Supporting Member
    Event Host
  • Lakisha
    2014 Supporting Member
  • Dale
    2014 Supporting Member
  • Caroline
    2014 Supporting Member, Co-Organizer
  • Lynette
    Supporting Member, Co-Organizer
  • Monika
    2014 Supporting Member
  • Jennifer
    2014 Supporting Member
  • Christy
    2014 Supporting Member, Organizer

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