by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Adichie uses a beautiful writing style and frank tone to depict the story of Ifemelu as she immigrates to America for college and career and leaves her family and boyfriend behind in Nigeria. Ifemelu, a fictionalized character who is based on Adichie herself, approaches American culture with "fresh eyes" and starts a blog to detail her observations. Reading Americanah taught me to view the norms in American culture with both humor and skepticism, and most importantly, helped me to become aware of the privileges I have enjoyed as a white person born in America, and the challenges that face both people of color and immigrants.” — Stephanie Pham, Mayfield English Teacher
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.