Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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"A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
Title: Americanah
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 477 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Summary: "A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780307271082
Branch Call Number: FICTION ADICHIE 2013
Subject Headings: Immigrants Fiction Refugees Fiction Nigerians United States Fiction Nigerians England Fiction Nigeria Fiction
Topical Term: Immigrants
LCCN: 2012043875
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A rare book to make you laugh, think, question and then fall in love.

February. This book was a kick in the pants. It tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two young Nigerian lovers who try to get out of Nigeria, succeed in doing so, and then move back. Ifemelu is very perceptive and outspoken, and this book is most interesting when she emigrates to the United S... Read More »

Ifemelu and Obinze fell in love in school in Nigeria, then were separated when Ifemelu left for America and Obinze for London. After 15 years, they are reunited back in Nigeria.

A Nigerian immigrant who describes herself as a "Non-American Black," launches an audacious, provocative, and instantly popular blog in which she explores what she calls Racial Disorder Syndrome.

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Aug 08, 2014
  • jentaco rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It was such a well-written and insightful glimpse into the view of America and race from the eyes of an African black woman.

Jun 19, 2014
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You will love this book:
If you love novels where place is a main character
if you love novels that make you feel like main characters are your best friends
if you get that sad feeling when a great book is nearing its close because you just don’t want it to end
if you regularly get into arguments, debates or fantastic conversations about class and race and politics and feminism and the overall state of the world
if you want to feel all over again how you felt when you read White Teeth or Midnight’s Children

Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Apr 30, 2014
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Looking back, this is one of the highest ratings I've ever given on NYPL. For me, this book had some of that rare, special magic that voracious readers hunger for. The two protagonists were extremely relatable and intelligent. The writing style was funny yet simple, and the story was fast-paced. There weren't any awkward transitions or boring tangents. For those of you who have a phobia of politically inclined novels: Don't worry. "Americanah" may be opiniated, but gives nuances to old discussions on race, poverty, and marriage. This is the real deal.

Apr 24, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A teenage love story masquerading as a serious story about race relations in America. Too long, and not well written.

Apr 07, 2014
  • pterry25 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fun read. I found the author's observations about American life very spot on. It moves quickly. This held my interest. It would be good for a long trip.

"I think that anything that gets young people talking about feminism is a very good thing."


Feb 23, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading fiction tends to work one of two ways for me: it either takes me somewhere (mentally or physically) or it makes me think. This book really managed to make me think and really put me in the complete opposite experience possible from a main character. It's a fantastic story a fantastic study of race, the immigrant experience in official and non official capacities, and just how little progress or difference Western society has made. We like to think we have but it's just not what we think.

I also love the love story oddly enough. It's a continuous one even when they aren't speaking to each other. It's just a fantastic book and as I really didn't want it to end. Now, I need to get my hands on everything else written by this woman. I've heard the TED talks but have never read anything of hers before. Just fantastic

Jan 30, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with all the previous comments. I particularly appreciated the insights on race in America. Would recommend this book to friends.

Highly recommended. Makes you think about your cultural, racial, ethnic views and how it actually feels to be someone of color or coming from another country. You hear how hard it is to get established in a new country; this book makes it "real." Very well written, crisp, clean, and rich in ideas and emotion.

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Sep 28, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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