Greenwich Reads Together
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been chosen for Greenwich Reads Together 2015. The title was announced on Wednesday, May 20 at Greenwich Library in a ceremony attended by over 40 community members.
Greenwich Reads Together (GRT) is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book, culminating in a month-long series of special events and programs in the fall. This year’s programming is generously underwritten by The Friends of Greenwich Library.
Americanah is a powerful, tender story of race and identity, unfolding across three continents.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
The New York Times writes, "Americanah examines blackness in America, Nigeria and Britain, but it's also a steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience... Americanah is ... a novel that holds the discomfiting realities of our times fearlessly before us. It never feels false."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Americanah has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.
Two thematically related companion books were announced for younger readers: Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate for Middle School readers and My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed for Elementary School readers.
Copies of all these books are available to borrow at Greenwich Library in print, audio, eBook and eAudio formats. Click here to see the full list in our catalog. They may also be purchased at local bookstores including Diane's Books.
- Greenwich Library
- Greenwich Arts Council
- Greenwich Historical Society
- Greenwich Alliance for Education
- Greenwich Pen Women
- Greenwich Public Schools
- Greenwich Independent Schools
- Friends of Greenwich Library
Also by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Purple Hibiscus, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003.
- Half of a Yellow Sun, Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
- The Thing Around Your Neck, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
- We Should All Be Feminists, Anchor Books, 2015.
- Full bibliography of articles, short stories, translations, etc. courtesy of Daria Tunca's website: http://www.l3.ulg.ac.be/adichie/cnaprim.html
- GRT Podcast: Greenwich Reads Together Panel & Essay Winners
- GRT Podcast: Inside the Writing Process with Americanah Editor Robin Desser
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, and Relationships, NYPL Podcast, Aug. 25, 2015
- 2015 Girls Write Now Awards Speech, May 2015
- Fresh Air Interview, npr.org, originally aired on June 27, 2013
- Tavis Smiley Program, PBS, Oct. 6, 2014
- Slate.com Audio Book Club reads Americanah, June 6, 2014
- TED Talk: "The Danger of a Single Story" Filmed July, 2009
- TedX Talk: "We Should All Be Feminists" April 29, 2013
- Wellesley College Commencement address, May 29, 2015
Reading and Book Discussion Questions
Awards & Distinctions
- Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
- One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year
- Winner of the Chicago Tribune 2013 Heartland Prize for Fiction
- An NPR "Great Reads" Book
- A Washington Post Notable Book
- A Seattle Times Best Book
- An Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book
- A Newsday Top 10 Book
- A Goodreads Best of the Year pick
How to plan a program for Greenwich Reads Together 2015:
All programs will be included in a Greenwich Reads Together program brochure, but each organization will be responsible for promoting their program to their constituency.
Following are some suggested program ideas:
- Lectures: topic experts, panels, symposiums
- Concerts, music
- Play readings
- Art events/ exhibits: artist talk, exhibits
- Drawing, cartooning, graphic novels
- Scavenger hunt
For more information, please contact Kate Petrov.
About Greenwich Reads Together
Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and Independent Schools and Friends of Greenwich Library. In 2014, almost 20 community organizations and more than 6,500 Greenwich residents participated in events around The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. For more information, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.
For more information:
Previous Greenwich Reads Together Events
in the Boat
The Book Thief