For November, I will be highlighting two professors book recommendations. In this first post, I will be highlighting Dr. Amanda Licastro's recommendation.
Dr. Licastro wants to highlight Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Americanah is a about two young lovers who leave military-ruled Nigeria to seek new opportunities in the West. Ifemelu heads to the United States where she is forced to deal with her what it means to be black for the first time. Obinze heads to Europe and plunges into the dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Dr. Licastro says that Americanah is "particularly relevant during this election cycle, this book was originally a series of blog posts written by an African immigrant who was having difficulty assimilating to American culture." and that "ultimately, Americanah offer important insight into the experience of African-Americans through a humorous, relatable, and heartbreaking glimpse into one woman's life."