A warning to all New Yorkers: If everybody on the transport seems to
be reading the same book this spring, you’re not going crazy.
New York City residents have picked “Americanah” by Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie as the winning book for the “One
Book, One New York” program.
The program encourages all city residents to review the same book
over the next several months, in an bid to reanimate small
book stores and create a larger clarity of village among the
city’s readers. The city has also donated 1,000 copies to
branches of the New York Public Library for readers to check out.
Small meetups will take place via the city, culminating in
a Jun eventuality at the NYPL’s categorical branch, where Adichie will be
The beginning allowed New Yorkers in all 5 boroughs to vote
on one of 5 books to start reading in the month of March.
Residents voted online
or in kiosks in transport stations through the finish of February.
Other cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia have hosted
village reads in the past, yet nothing have combined as vast a
book bar as New York now might.
In partnership with Buzzfeed, the Mayor’s Office of Media and
Entertainment incited to those other cities to advise books for
people to read. It also consulted with heads of internal libraries,
publishers, and academics,
the New York Times reports.
The shortlist offering 5 choices:
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
“The Sellout” by Paul Beatty,
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, and
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz.
As the Times reported, the 5 books’ publishers each
donated 4,000 copies to some-more than 200 library branches around the
city in credentials for the final vote.
“Americanah,” Adichie’s third novel, is about a young
Nigerian lady grappling with issues of race in the US. It was
widely regarded as one of the best books of 2013.