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Fall 2017 book selection

This fall we are partnering with My Sister’s Keeper to read Americanah, a powerful story of race, love, and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Americanah cover


From the author’s website:

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, 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.

Getting the book

The MIT Libraries has a copy of Americanah and will be getting more copies in soon. See the Libraries’ catalog record to check availability and be added to the waiting list. You can also get the book from a non-MIT library if our copies are not available.

Additionally, the MIT Press Bookstore is offering this book at a steep discount to the MIT community, just show your MIT ID when purchasing.

Community discussions

Check back for discussion dates or sign up for our mailing list to be notified when dates are finalized. Discussions are open to the entire MIT community; pre-registration is required.