SUMMER BOOK GROUP: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


C&C's Diversity Group invites our entire community to join in reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in preparation for a fall book discussion.
Millie will have copies of this award-winning author's book available beginning Wednesday, June 12, or, you can always pick up a copy on your own.

Black in America: A Story Rendered in Gray Scale by Rosecrans Balkwin, NPR
"Powerful . . . If you think racism expired when President Obama was elected, this is perhaps not—or absolutely is—the book for you. [Americanah] is a story of relocation, far-flung love and life as an alien, spread across three continents. It’s also about the lonely but privileged perspective a stranger gains by entering a new culture. Ifemelu experiences America both as a black woman and as an African woman. In the U.S., those two identities combine, for experiences dark and light that Adichie skillfully renders in gray scale. . . . Adichie’s evocative power, transporting my imagination while keeping my feet firmly on the ground, has me looking forward to [her] books for years to come."​

Realities of Race by Mike Peed, The New York Times
"What’s the difference between an African-American and an American-African? From such a distinction springs a deep-seated discussion of race in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, AmericanahAmericanah is witheringly trenchant and hugely empathetic, both worldly and geographically precise, a novel that holds the discomfiting realities of our times fearlessly before us. It never feels false."

The Danger of a Single Story a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.​


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