Brewery Book Club: Americanah

Join us for the 9th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

September's book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is a contemporary novel about personal identity, culture-shock, love, and growing up.  This bestseller is set on a big scale, covering Nigeria, the United States, and England.   

Americanah was picked as the winner for the "One Book, One New York" program, part of a community reading initiative encouraging all city residents to read the same book.  It has also received several high-caliber awards, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of the top books of the year in 2014 by several important entities including the New York Times.

Americanah is a bit longer than our usual book club books so start early on this one so you have it done by September 20!  

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.  Please consider shopping local!  Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.  

About the book

To the women in the hair-braiding salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant in America could desire, but the culture shock, hardships, and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her soul.” Smart, irreverent, and outspoken, she reluctantly left Nigeria on a college scholarship. Her aunty Uju, the pampered mistress of a general in Lagos, is now struggling on her own in the U.S., trying to secure her medical license. Ifemelu’s discouraging job search brings on desperation and depression until a babysitting gig leads to a cashmere-and-champagne romance with a wealthy white man. Astonished at the labyrinthine racial strictures she’s confronted with, Ifemelu, defining herself as a “Non-American Black,” launches an audacious, provocative, and instantly popular blog in which she explores what she calls Racial Disorder Syndrome. Meanwhile, her abandoned true love, Obinze, is suffering his own cold miseries as an unwanted African in London. MacArthur fellow Adichie (The Thing around Your Neck, 2009) is a word-by-word virtuoso with a sure grasp of social conundrums in Nigeria, East Coast America, and England; an omnivorous eye for resonant detail; a gift for authentic characters; pyrotechnic wit; and deep humanitarianism. Americanah is a courageous, world-class novel about independence, integrity, community, and love and what it takes to become a “full human being.” --Donna Seaman via Booklist via Amazon