Great Reads

Americanah wins the National Book Critics Circle award

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, which was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013, has won this prestigious literary award. 

The novel is about a Nigerian blogger in Princeton who returns to her home country after spending over a decade in the United States to meet up with her longtime childhood boyfriend--who is now a husband and father.  Read more here.  

More books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

African Fiction

With a new novel out by author Ishmael Beah, whose memoir Long Time Gone was a bestseller and Oprah pick, interest in African fiction will be running high. While you're waiting for your hold on Beah's Radiance of Tomorrow, try one of these other interesting titles!

 

Achebe, Chinua.     Things Fall Apart

Adichie, Chimamanda.    Americanah

Akpan, Uwem.     Say You're One of Them

Benaron, Naomi.    Running the Rift

Bulawayo, NoViolet.     We Need New Names

Mengestu, Dinaw.     All Our Names

Ndibe, Okey.     Foreign Gods, Inc.

Oyeyemi, Helen.     The Icarus Girl

 

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2014 Audie Award Finalists Announced!

If you are an audiobook fan, The Audies are an exciting time. Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, they are the audiobook equivalent of the Academy Awards. The finalists in 29 categories have been announced and now is a great time to listen to one you may have missed or, if you have never picked up an audiobook, try a title that has been recognized as one of the year's best narrations.

Three of our favorites from the full list of finalists:

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by the author.
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, narrated by the author.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra.

 

Keane, Mary Beth. Fever

Set in early-twentieth-century New York, this novel is about the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever.  We know her as “Typhoid Mary.”  Her real name is Mary Mallon.  Mary emigrated from Ireland as a teenager and worked her way up the domestic ladder, through toil and talent, to cook for many wealthy New York families.  Mary was initially unaware that she caused her employers and their children to become ill and die.   However, when she is told that she is a carrier and sent to North Brother Island to be kept in isolation, she can no longer deny this fact.  Or can she?  This novel reads like a medical mystery, and it is fascinating both in terms of medical advances as well as medical ethics.  It is also a psychological study of one woman who was unwilling to change her life, even if it meant saving others.  I highly recommend this story.

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