Entree: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This novel by a Nigerian-American author just won the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Award. A view of America, England, and Nigeria, as seen through the eyes of Nigerian lovers. (Rotten luck - I can't renew it because someone else wants it. Will have to pick up with Chapter 19 later.)
Side: Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian. This memoir goes back and forth between the life of a typical teenager in the 1960s in an affluent NJ suburb and the horrific story of his grandmother who was able to escape the 1915 genocide of Armenians by the Turks.
Side: Miles, Mystery & Mayhem by Lois McMaster Bujold. Really terrific science fiction book (2 stories) about Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, who must deal with bio-engineering plots in a galaxy far away.
Side: The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Having just finished re-reading my old copy, I'm indulging myself with this lovely annotated version by David M. Shapard. Fun!
Side: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigani. My next book club selection - story of Italian immigrants to America - told with joy and verve.