Americanah

Americanah

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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"--
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307271082
0307271080
Branch Call Number: F ADI
Characteristics: 477 pages ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Americana

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DBRL_ReginaF Feb 04, 2019

This is one of those books that has been languishing on my TBR list since probably before it actually even came out. I can't tell you why it took me so long to get to it but I'm so glad it finally made it to the top!


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Americanah is about a girl from Lagos, Nigeria who meets a boy named Obinze. They fall in love time and time again yet never seem to get their wants aligned with each other. She ends up going to college with him and then gets a offer to go to a college in Philadelphia. The novel goes through her struggle with being considered black and/or African. She feels like she is always being put down for her skin tone or her accent making her feel like America really isn't all it's made up to be in the movies and television shows. She struggles finding her place as an American which leads her back to her hometown. She then finds that she had lost parts of her Nigerian culture while living in America. She talks to workers, friends and different family members leading everyone to believe she is all American. Americanah is a fictional story which relays the importance of telling stories of race, and immigration.

This book had such a powerful role in my life and has opened my eyes to the world around me. After reading this book I really thought about the message it sends to the readers and kept wondering why I haven’t heard of this book before. Ifemelu is an interesting character, observant, watchful, and so very sure of herself. As a teenager, she is confident in a way I still can’t understand. Obinze knows himself in such a way that he doesn’t need to follow any crowd, or have anybody validate him. Americanah is a remarkable book, a thoughtful book, a book filled with truth; it touches on issues such as social inequality, immigration, self-acceptance, loss of cultural identity, and constant change. The book remains with you after you finish reading, begging you to “read again.”

Publication date: May 2013
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended for: Ages 15+

-Jessica

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / September 2019

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Walter724
Aug 08, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well-developed and I liked the writing style. She has become an author I look for. I recommend this as a good read!

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favabeansmum
Jul 17, 2019

June - Sept 30, 2019 challenge

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hannahkateriss
Jun 12, 2019

I enjoyed reading a book that showed a perspective of Black Americans through the eyes of a continental African. While the story itself is relatively interesting, I did not want to root for the narrator which made it less enjoyable to read. I would still recommend to friends that enjoy modern fiction, especially having to do with the Black community.

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pokano
Apr 06, 2019

Engrossing novel about a Nigerian woman who confronts race for the first time when she comes to the United States as a student. Her insights into American racial issues offer an often provocative and always thoughtful look from the outside in.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 04, 2019

This is one of those books that has been languishing on my TBR list since probably before it actually even came out. I can't tell you why it took me so long to get to it but I'm so glad it finally made it to the top!

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abbi_g
Jan 28, 2019

Americanah struck so many chords within me. Before this novel, I've never read fiction about Black immigrants in the U.S. that boldly tackles the racist social structures in the U.S. that Black immigrants must learn to adapt to. Although I didn't always agree with the things that the main character, Ifemelu did, I absolutely loved her character and appreciated her views on the differences between life in Nigeria and the U.S. After reading Americanah, I have to get my hands on another Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel.

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lonekid
Jan 25, 2019

A wonderful, memorable, thought-provoking read about coming to America: Ifemelu is one of the most vivid characters I have encountered in fiction. She uses every bit of language available--and then some--to successfully describe and navigate what it is to live in several worlds--all different--and includes many fascinating physical, emotional, romantic, social, and political, and racial details.

IndyPL_MahasinM Jan 16, 2019

While the book focuses on the relationship between Ifemelu and Obinze what I loved about it was the fact that it was unapologetically black. Ifemelu has relationships like I’ve had, goes to the hair salon and has similar experiences to what I have, and writes a blog that I’d read in a heartbeat. I’ve recommended this book to so many women (especially black women) because in addition to being well written it really has a level of heart, soul and passion that I related to.
#IndyPLAdults

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abbi_g
Jan 28, 2019

They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty.

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cknightkc
Oct 03, 2016

"...he lived in London indeed but invisibly, his existence like an erased pencil sketch..."

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cknightkc
Oct 03, 2016

"She liked that he wore their relationship so boldly, like a brightly colored shirt."

DLBookWorm Aug 06, 2016

“That her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out”

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labrys
Jul 26, 2015

“Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it.”

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