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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

An excerpt of the book is available from The New Yorker and is also available to MIT users via our subscription.

The MIT Libraries has multiple copies of Americanah. See the Libraries’ catalog record to check availability and be added to the waiting list — we have the audiobook version too. 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

Discussions are open to the entire MIT community; pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

Panel discussion

“Gender, Race, and Place: Perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah” with the following panelists:

When: 5:30-7pm, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: 4-270
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Group discussions

We will also be hosting two small group discussion events.  Feel free to bring your lunch; desserts will be provided.  And if you haven’t quite finished the book, please come anyway!

When: 12-1pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Where: W20-407
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and

When: 12-1pm, Friday, November 17, 2017
Where: W20-407
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