Stoneham Reads brings people together to discuss a common book to inspire thoughtful conversations, build connections and strengthen our community.
Stoneham Reads BYOB - Bring Your Own Book!
Stoneham Reads invites you to an exciting gathering this fall at the Stones Common House and Kitchen. Join us Wednesday October 19th from 7pm-9:30pm as we meet to discuss how our favorite books have shaped our world view.
Drop by the Stones for drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and "BYOB" - Come tell us about how a book impacted your view of yourself, your community, and the broader world. Complimentary beer, wine, mocktails and appetizers will be offered, and cocktails and other food will be available to purchase.
We encourage you to register by October 14th and join us for a night of drinks, books, and community conversation.
2022 Book Selection
Americanah explores themes of immigration, race, education and the meaning of home.
Find the book here:
The Book Oasis
Stoneham Public Library North of Boston Library Exchange
From Goodreads: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
For more information about Ms. Ngozi Adichie, check out her website.
What is Stoneham Reads?
Stoneham Reads is a community-building project in Stoneham, MA. All are invited to read the same book and participate in related activities to foster connections, promote an appreciation of our town and have fun. Stoneham Reads seeks to build bridges by promoting reading, critical thinking and community connection. As we join in reading and talking and learning together, we feel we can make Stoneham a better place for all to live.
The Stoneham Reads project is a collaboration among town residents and community groups, sponsored by the Stoneham Community Development Corporation, and many other local organizations and businesses. See the full list here.
All are welcome!
In addition to the main book selection each year, Stoneham Reads selects companion books for younger readers and English language learners so that everyone can participate in the annual program.
Press Release Continued...
The national bestseller is the story of two Nigerians making their way in the US and the UK. Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world. It raises universal questions of race, belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
The first season for Stoneham Reads launched with a book focused on racial history and social justice: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. The inaugural program partnered with community organizations and hosted online book group discussions and participated in Farmer’s Markets and community events. In its first season, Stoneham Reads gave out free books to children and youth with
the theme of racial diversity and education.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.
Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland – and face the toughest decisions of their lives.
More on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; Americanah, which won the NBCC Award and was a New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
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