Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s “Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions” has been listed among the Best Books of 2017 by both NPR Books and Audible.
The NPR books list includes more than 350 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year.
According to Audible, an audible company, about Chimamanda’s book, “Here are 15 invaluable suggestions – compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive – for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter and not only a doll as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the 21st century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.”
NPR says, “Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie offers advice we all need in Dear Ijeawele, which is structured as tips for parenting a girl growing up in a man’s world. There are reminders that women are more than objects to be liked/disliked, that caregiving isn’t inherently female and, more than anything, that we should live our lives on our own terms. One of her hopes for the girl she addresses is that “she will be full of opinions and that her opinions will come from an informed, humane and broad-minded place.” If you’re short on time but want to be inspired by one of the strongest voices for gender equality today, this book will help you get to that informed, humane, broad-minded place.”