New York's big city book club
New York’s Great Big City Book Club Gets on the Same Page
New Yorkers have voted Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah as the first selection of the ‘One Book, One New York’ program in which everyone reads the same book.
Who needs one Oprah when you can have 8.5 million Oprahs?
New York is attempting a citywide book club, urging its residents to pick up Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah through an inaugural “One Book, One New York” initiative. And unlike your local book club that might be more wine-swilling fest than literary tête-à-tête, there’s a good chance at least someone you know will finish Adichie’s heralded 2013 novel.
Adichie’s book feels like an especially relevant pick during this political climate. The post-9/11 story of a young Nigerian woman who comes to the U.S. for college and whose boyfriend can’t come into the country and goes on to lead a dangerous undocumented life in London touches on issues of race and immigration in a captivating and distinctly modern love story. The book caught the attention of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who purchased the rights shortly after its release and is developing a movie or TV series version.
Americanah beat four other award-winning titles for the “One Book” claim, including The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Each book was promoted by a celebrity in a video series with Buzzfeed; Bebe Neuwirth gets bragging rights for advocating for Americanah.
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