I was the researcher/presenter at our monthly book group meeting today. We discussed Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It was a hit; conversation could have gone on all day. Americanah is a memorable, heartwrenching love story. It is also about race and hair, says Adichie. I hope that piques your interest. Adichie is a Nigerian who continued her upper-level education in the US, an experience that deeply informs her novel.
Researching the author was as stirring as reading her book. Adichie is a “happy feminist” and a keenly insightful observer of culture. Her TED talk, “We should all be feminists,” is one of the most-viewed of all time. Another one is called, “The danger of a single story.” How many of us have adopted a reductive view of another culture, place, or person based on limited evidence? How many of us have felt pigeon-holed ourselves, categorized by a superficial understanding of who we are? Americanah explores the unfamiliar – from several vantage points. It also abounds with the all-too-familiar complexities of being human.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 13: 172 words, TOTAL = 2270; 57,730 remaining
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Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.