Four re-imagined Robert Frost poems about food, just for us. Including "Stopping for Coffee on a Snowy Evening," one he could've written while sitting in Amherst Coffee, staring in contemplative silence, across the street at the Jones Library.
of Women's History Month. How will you round it out? Perhaps a gander at the Amelia Bloomer Project? The good folks over there have been compiling feminist literature for readers from birth to age 18. (But we suspect even people over 18 might enjoy it, too.)
"Feminism is not only a noun, but a call to action." And hey, as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has noted, "We should all be feminists."
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is the story of a Nigerian young woman, Ifemelu, who has fallen in love with a high school classmate, Obinze. She leaves for America to continue her studies and over time, she severs their connection as she goes through a series of relationships. Obinze had hoped to join Ifemelu, but is not allowed into the US and ends up in London where he leads a hidden undocumented life before making it back to Nigeria. Ifemelu finds that life in America as an African is very different from the experiences of African Americans. She starts writing a blog about her and other Africans' experiences and becomes well known and sought-after for her insights. Surprisingly, after many years, Ifemelu decides to return to Nigeria to work and possibly to reignite her acquaintance with Obine who has become wealthy and is now married and has a child.
Americanah is a book that reads very easily though there are many thought-provoking ideas presented that you may want to slow down and think about. Ifemelu's blog is especially thought-provoking. Each of the main characters has an extended family that provides various sub-plots which impact Ifemelu and Obinze. It is a well-told story with excellent character development. You have a ring-side seat as Ifemelu and Obinze grow and develop in their new, and finally, in their old worlds.
Hey, you know how you guys all donated food during the Food for Fines campaign earlier this winter? Well, you all are just the biggest sweeties. Thanks to you, the Amherst Survival Center received $1,169 and got 918 pounds of food to local folks.
"As part of the celebration marking its 100th anniversary, the Women's National Book Association will send a book a day throughout March to President Trump that the organization believes sheds light on many of the critical issues faced by the country. The books have been taken from a list of the top 100 books in both fiction and nonfiction compiled by the WNBA to reflect, in its estimation, the most influential books written by women."
Working along with the Trustees of the Jones and the Friends of the Jones, a new group, Jones Library for Everyone, has formed. This group is being led by former Trustee Kent Faerber, and supported by a group of volunteers including honorary chairs Julius Lester, Polly Longsworth, former Friends board member George Goodwin, and the indefatigable Norton Juster.
We're hoping to get 5,000 signatories by the end of April. Can you help?
The all-community On The Same Page events culminated on Tuesday night in a packed middle school auditorium hearing from Pulitzer-prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert. Thanks to all who attended. It was such fun to see everyone.
In case you weren't able to be there, here are a few snapshots of the lively evening.
Awaiting the author in the auditorium.
Elizabeth Kolbert, at center in black, at the reception.