HOSTOS READS: Books in Common, Books in Community

Welcome to Eugenio María de Hostos Community College’s Hostos Reads Project (formerly known as the Book of the Semester Project)

Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to join the year-long Hostos Reads Project and to take part in a series of book discussions and other campus-wide events related to Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, story of a young Nigerian woman’s journey of self-discovery.  We encourage educators and students across campus to examine the interdisciplinary theme of situating yourself in the world that forms the foundation of her remarkable story. Visit the Hostos Library guide  for videos, articles, and ideas for how to use Americanah in your classes.



Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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. At once powerful and tender, Americanah is a remarkable novel of race, love, and identity by the award-winning writer.


Pick up your free copy of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in these locations:

Hostos Library: during business hours: Library Offices (A207J) /On evenings and weekends: Circulation desk (3rd floor)

Center for Teaching and Learning (B418)

If you would like to arrange for copies to be delivered to your classroom, contact Mr. Chao Hao Gao, Library Acquisitions Assistant, 718-518-4217 or


The Center for Teaching and Learning has opened the book nominations for the Hostos Reads book for the 2018-2019. Once the nomination period has ended, the selection committee, an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students (6-8 people), will evaluate the nominations based on the selection criteria. The selection committee will recommend three books, which will be presented to the college community to choose the winning book through a voting process.

The voting process will be carried out during April and May, and the winning book will be announced at the CTL Spa Day on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Nominate your Book Here:

Nominate your book form


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