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Hostos Reads!: Americanah (2017-18)

Books in Common, Books in Community

Hostos Reads! is a year-long common reading project designed to foster a spirit of inquiry and community across disciplines and across campus.  We welcome anyone who works or studies at Hostos to join the Hostos Reads! community. 

Hostos' common read for 2017-18: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.

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.

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