Book Clubs have become a popular way to increase conversation amongst groups of people. In attempts to unite the people of NYC, the New York Great Big City Book Club was initiated. This citywide Book Club is trying to reinforce a “One Book, One New York” movement that will have people on the same page, literally. The first book, Americanah, is a novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it is a timely selection. Given what’s happening with people and politics, this book is right on time.
“Americanah” was chosen via public vote as the first book of the installation. The other books in the running were “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz, “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty, and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith.
The program was launched last month and has folks all over the city grabbing their copy and taking in the contents of the book. One of the partners, Scribd, is offering a free Americanah audiobook copy for readers to listen to. Penguin Random House donated 1,500 copies to the NYPL system for readers to use. There are discussion guides and a bevy of free events around the city that are heavily influenced by the novel. These events and discussions are looking to bring people together with one common bond, having read the book. Of course, with reading comes discussion and a differing of opinion and interpretation. All commentary and conversation are welcome.
Whether it’s striking up a conversation with a fellow straphanger or sitting at home with a glass of wine and the online reading guide, this book is looking to include everyone. Grab your copy today and be a part of the “One Book, One New York” initiative.