Engage in stimulating conversation about the classics, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors.
Read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Achebe tells two intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria; one focusing on tradition, and the other on modernity. The arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries causes a clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world. Published in 1958, it is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English.