by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Americanah 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
taxbarbie More than 1 year ago
As a white in rural America, I have had limited personal experience with blacks except in traveling. But I have tried to understand the issues of race relations and cultural divides within our country and our world and seek ways to build bridges between the races. I have read lots of books from the perspective of other cultures, but this is the first I've read by a non-American black in America. I was amazed at the differences she noted between the Nigerian culture and the US culture in terms of how she felt as a black person. It is a work of fiction but the experiences she relates within this work are experiences she actually had to deal with when she came to America initially. Very fascinating!!!
Davidinwonderland More than 1 year ago
I am A 62 year old white guy...born and raised in America. My inclination as it comes to race is to keep my mouth shut. What do I know of anyone else's experience. This book tells me of another's experience. And, how eye opening it is!  We live on a planet where anything is possible. What a joy it's been to read of all those possibilities and viewpoints. I loved this book for it's expansive teaching. I've learned a lot. I've learned, though, to keep my mouth shut....for I'm still not in a position to contribute. All I can say is, read this book and learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was an interesting take on the experiences of African immigrants in the US and England regarding race and class distinctions. The love story was left without closure for me but hopefully that's left for the next book! Overall a great read, definitely worth getting. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. As a middle-classed African American who works and lives in mainstream America, there were so many things I could identify with. I picked up a few things I can use in racial debates too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book, lots of "blog" about race in America which was a bit much for me bur I Love that it is a true portal of life aboard for people from third world country and the struggle for the one raise abroad and they crisis they deal with. Hard to put down. Thanks Ms Adichie
jbagby30 More than 1 year ago
Great book!! I fell in love with the modernism of the Ife's character at the beginning. It was like getting to know a new friend. Reading the pseudo blog post from Raceteenth gave the story a very personalized effect. You began to believe that Ife is not a figment of Adichie's imagination. There were times throughout the reading I found myself irritated with her choices and that made me appreciate her multi dimensional personality. Hoping for a sequel. Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie has a new reader, anxious to read her past and future works, Im sure I won't be disappointed.
BeckyNC More than 1 year ago
Chance to look at race and white privilege and immigration from a different perspective.
zumbafool More than 1 year ago
AS a white woman I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, thoughtful, insightful story about race/class/immigration in America. Although it is a fictional account of two separated lovers and what befalls them, it is also a non-fictional account of what it is like to be Black, non-American from a third world country and to struggle against poverty in this country. I learned a lot about Nigeria and a lot about many racially-charged nuances. This novel covers it all, from haircare for Black women to knowing that when one looks for "nude" underwear to wear under white clothing it is not going to be in the skin-tone of someone "of color." Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. Oh my gosh! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! It was a page turner. I read this book in one day my entire day off! could not put it down. The end was left to your imagination but I am hoping for a sequel. I like the fact that Ifem never did contact her hairdresser's boyfriend because of an emergency. The author could have easily addressed it but left it open which was a smart strategy because in reality that is exactly what would have happened. The negative. . too many blogs at the end of the book. I was wondering if the author had to submit a certain among of pages. Great book, well written a must have. (postedby Guyrn2)
Maertel More than 1 year ago
Well written...yet, I kept waiting - after the interminable job searches and braids after braids after braids - to care/like/love ANY of the main characters. And dirt required between the braids - not for any babe or dude I've met. But, even with the ever sensational blog events, I feel no connections and, worse still, the way she treated the men she sort of supposedly felt some strong emotion for is traditionally the way that many men have treated women. Who wants to read more of that?
perfcangel More than 1 year ago
Another book that I would not have finished had it not been a book club selection. I can't deny it's well written, the story is fairly interesting, with an exploration of Ifemelu's relationships and her development into a mature adult, and I always enjoy hearing a foreigner's observations of the US. But I also found this book particularly frustrating: 1. The story seemed half-baked in places (e.g. mentioning someone's suicide attempt but never delving into the reasons for it). 2. Some of the conversations on race. In one moment, the foreigners are making fun of the fact that race is such an uncomfortable topic of conversation in the US without going into why that might be, and in the next moment, Ifemelu is writing a blog post about all of the things a non-black should not say when discussing race. She basically covers the gamut, from the inane to the sympathetic, and ends the posts saying something like, "Now that I've listed everything you shouldn't say, what should you say? I don't know. Maybe just listen." Ok, so if everything a non-black could possibly say is wrong, do you think maybe there's a reason race is such an uncomfortable topic in the US? 3. The ending. As someone who believes in commitment and living with the consequences of your choices but also is a bit of a romantic at heart, I knew there was no way the ending could be a happy one for all parties. It was basically a no-win situation. I was going to be annoyed by the ending no matter what. Thus, mixed feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very interesting story that expands your understanding of some very complicated issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read 3 of Chimamanda's books and frankly I didn't think I could be more impressed with the author than I already am. Well " Americanah" proved me wrong. It is an exceptional book. It feels like you are in the story and actually feel Ifem's experiences. I'm an non-American black myself and her references just hit home. I absolutely would recommend this book to all. It opens your eyes to so much issues we all choose to ignore just to be safe. I loved it!!!
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Love love love...very talented writer and spot on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating story and extremely insightful. I was hooked from the first page and grew to love all the characters by the end. I really learned a lot from it about how different American culture is from Nigerian and how difficult it is to make American home. Excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being Afro-American, it took a little while to get into the characters but I did come to realize that no matter what culture, we all face many of the same problems. The Nigerian characters all thought somewhere else would be better than Nigeria but many came back to Nigeria to live. I enjoyed reading about Ifemelu asshe grew to know herself better. I also liked Obinze and couldn't ait for them to reunite in Nigeria. The author let you decide what their fate might be........
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Worth reading! Well put together with exvelent flow. Adichie presents wonderfully poignent observations about race in regards to both African and American cultures.
TRFeller More than 1 year ago
This is a semi-autobiographical novel by a Nigerian-American author about a young woman, Ifemelu, and a young man, Obinze, from Nigeria. They are high school sweethearts, but Ifemelu moves to the United States for college and ends up staying for thirteen years. She becomes a well-known blogger and has two long term relationships with Americans, one white and one black. Obinze emigrates to London, but stays after his visa expires. After he is deported back to Nigeria, he makes a lot of money in real estate, gets married, and fathers a daughter. It is quite interesting for the author’s observations on race relations in the United States and the United Kingdom, but easy to put down until the very end when you want to learn whether Ifemelu and Obinze are going to get back together again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent work by Adichie. I'm so moved, it wasn't just another book filled with surrealism and overt imagination. It was magical.
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