Americanah

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  • About the Book: 

    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.

    About Whitney Foehl:

    Whitney Foehl moved to Lake Tahoe in 1990 to ski for a year or two, but found her life long home. Being a historian, she has taught in regional high schools and universities throughout her career. When she took a year off in 2012, she worked in the outdoor industry and started Tahoe Backcountry Women, a local organization that hosts events and promotes education, seeking to create spaces for women in backcountry skiing. Currently, Whitney recently became a certified Librarian and works at Incline High School where she opened a Podcast Studio and has plans for a Media Center. She loves reading but can also be found outside in her free time, seeking adventure, and enjoying nature. Whitney lives in Truckee with her husband Chris and their dog Sadie.

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