For the next few months, the New York residents would be reading Americanah in revitalising reading culture and book store in the community. The program titled, ‘One Book, One New York’. The program encourages all city residents to read the same book over the next several months, in an effort to revitalize small book stores and create a greater sense of community among the city’s readers. So, you are not going crazy if you find hundreds of New Yorkers picking through the pages of the same book.
It’s already on the move. And just few days after the initiative was launched. The city has also donated 1,000 copies to branches of the New York Public Library for readers to check out. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book displaced a number of other books through voting which went on for a month before the resolve. The initiative allowed New Yorkers in all five boroughs to vote on one of five books to start reading in the month of March. Residents voted online or in kiosks in subway stations through the end of February.
Americanah details the life a young blogger, Ifemelu, grappling with issues of identity, migration and race. Since its publication in 2013, the book has won global recognition through its fresh voice it offers on race.