Posted by Padmore Editorial

New York City launched its One Book, One New York program, in which residents of all five boroughs will be urged to read the same book starting in early March 2017. THE SAME BOOK!! That's awesome.

Can you imagine the great book discussions and conversations New Yorkers will have on their sidewalks? 

During February, New Yorkers will vote on which book to read, choosing from these five finalists:

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me,”

"A searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today."



Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout,”

"It is a comic masterpiece, but it's much more than just that-it's one of the smartest and most honest reflections on race and identity in America in a very long time.”


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah,”

"A brilliant treatise on race, class and globalization, and also a deep, clear-eyed story about love."


Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” 

"A poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident."


Junot Díaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.”

"Opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere."





The main voting mechanism will be online. In addition, readers will be able to vote on the interactive digital kiosks now in many subway stations.

If you don't live in New York City, you can still read these great selections and post your comments about them. 


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