"Americanah" Named First Pick for New York City’s Book Club
In February, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment called on New Yorkers to select the inaugural title of a new city-wide book club. Now, TIME reports that book has been chosen: New Yorkers should expect to see a lot more people reading Americanah on the subway during the next few months.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2013 novel follows Ifemelu, a woman who leaves her native Nigeria to pursue an education in the U.S. In the process, she’s forced to come to terms with how her race, gender, and background affect life in her new home.
For the honor, the book beat out Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz; The Sellout, by Paul Beatty; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. Close to 50,000 online votes were cast between the five works.
New York City residents looking to participate in the One Book, One New York program can pick up Americanah at their local library, or rent an audio copy for free for 90 days from Scribd. Special events promoting the program (discussions, readings, and festivals) will also be taking place in all five boroughs from now until June [PDF].