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Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Narrator: January LaVoy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9780525494690
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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter to a friend.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen 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 twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “January LaVoy’s narration of this short work is intentional, assertively warm, and grounded…The author offers fifteen suggestions; it’s LaVoy’s job to deliver them with decisive clarity. And she hits the mark.”


  • “A volume as fierce and illuminating as bringing up a confident daughter, both with love at their core.”

  • “Adichie epitomizes and epistolizes our potential in Dear Ijeawele.

    Vanity Fair

  • “Her advice is not only to…empower boys and girls to understand there is no single way to be—but also to understand that the only universal in this world is difference.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Adichie’s suggestions are logical and stated clearly, full of her dry wit, and range from the obvious to the bold….Powerful and life-affirming, offering wisdom for everyone.”

    Village Voice

  • A BookRiot Pick of Best Books We Read This Month
  • An Oprah Pick
  • A Bustle Pick of 20 Best Nonfiction Book in March
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calvin | 11/13/2019

    " An incredible read from the author Chimamanda's letter to her on friend on how she can raise her daughter a feminist. Chimamanda gives 15 powerful suggestions that are extremely enlightening to hear. A short read, but very impactful. "

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had three books on the New York Times bestselling list. She grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The O. Henry Prize Stories, 2003; The New Yorker; Granta; the Financial Times; and Zoetrope. Her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Broadband Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was a New York Times Notable Book and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is a recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.