Amtrak has begun offering writers residencies to, well, writers long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Author)
Adichie is such a skillful author that in the span of a few pages, she can make Nigeria seem like a home you’ve always known and, in turn, make moving to America a culture shock even to someone who has barely ever left her shores.
Americanah tells the story of two Nigerians falling in love and navigating life. But in Adichie’s skillful way, it’s about so much more and so much less— it’s about home. And nationalism. And belonging. And searching. And finding. It’s about the brutal and miraculous negotiations of opportunity.
If you’re looking for something as profound as her previous works — Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus — you’ll be sorely disappointed. Americanah is more observational and less sea-changing. But I’m so in love with Adichie’s prose, it hardly matters. She had me at kèdú.
A Race to Read and Review 52 Books in a Year
so, i decided to forego actual resolutions this year. instead, i’ve replaced mundane resolutions with skillsbuilding exercises. one of which was— reading more. and not must more for more’s sake, but more substantively. so that i remember what i read. enter, pajiba’s cannonball read contest. i signed up for a half cannonball (26 books). i’m going to be reading books and reviewing them and in the process- reading more substantively, writing more, and updating this blog every now and again. everyone wins! (except, perhaps for the internet…)