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Join Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc. Arrows of Rain, and now his new memoir Never Look an American in the Eye, as he recounts his own immigrant’s tale.


Meet Author Okey Ndibe
in London

January 20, 2017
@ 7:00 PM


Waterstones - Picadilly

203 - 206 Piccadilly, St. James's
London W1J 9HD

Never Look an American in the Eye • Okey Ndibe • Hardcover • UK PUB DATE: January 12, 2017
PRICE: £16.99 ISBN: 978-1-61695-760-5 • eISBN: 978-1-61695-716-2 • Soho Press
Okey Ndibe first came to the US to act as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by Chinua Achebe. He has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College, Simon’s Rock College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is the author of two novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc., and his award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Hartford Courant. Mr. Ndibe lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.
Okey Ndibe’s funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential—but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency—African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe’s relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just thirteen days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American.

Listen to Okey Ndibe on confronting immigrant stereotypes
on 90.9 WBUR


Watch Okey Ndibe discuss
the inspiration for the title
of his new memoir,
Never Look an American
in the Eye.

PRAISE FOR NEVER LOOK AN AMERICAN IN THE EYE

Publishers Weekly Big Indie Books of Fall 2016 Selection

“Okey Ndibe is a natural raconteur, and his tales of coming to America are winsome and lyrical and absorbing. But within lies a larger narrative: about the education of a new American—and a writer’s power to span continents in his imagination.”
—Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln's Melancholy and Powers of Two

“Okey Ndibe brings a keen eye to his delightful and insightful new memoir. His vision is clearer than 20-20. A writer who can arrive in America, be falsely accused of bank robbery in just 10 days, and still manage to keep his sense of humor is a man with a story to tell. He writes it beautifully.”
—Sally Denton, author of The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World

“Uplifting . . . [Ndibe's] writing can induce the sort of laughter that make the ribs ache.”
—Herald Scotland

“A thrill to read, and yet offers powerful insights into the trials, prospects, and triumphs of being an immigrant in America. In a style that is impressively skillful, Ndibe masterfully conveys the odysseys of his early life in Nigeria and as well as his immigrant life in the US. I have never laughed harder in recent years when reading a book.”
—SaharaReporters

“A generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American.”
—West Hartford News

“Ndibe shapes an entertaining and endearing tale from his many struggles. This enjoyable and quick read is recommended for all memoir lovers.”
—Library Journal

“A moving and often laugh-out-loud account of one man’s immigrant experience.”
—Booklist