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Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me
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Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading", a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer). "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some... show more
Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading", a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer). "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men - bodies exploited through slavery and segregation and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates' attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son - and listeners - the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
ASIN: B010MSFATU
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition language: English
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Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
3.5 Bodies and Dreamers
Between the World and Me has been praised and criticized by many many reviewers, so I will limit myself to a couple of textual elements that struck me as odd. Coates has some unusual rhetorical devices that take a little getting used to. He constantly refers to "black bodies" in such a way that I ...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
5.0 My Black Body
Ta-Nehisi Coates beautifully describes what it is like to be black in America. To have the world treat and see you as different because of the color of your skin. This is a collection of essays that Coates wrote to his son about his experiences growing up black in America and his thoughts of a lo...
TeaRainBook
TeaRainBook rated it
5.0 Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The short collection of essays from the author to his 15 year old son is both profoundly personal and universal. Coates even comments on that universality early in the book when he mentioned that the woman and girls in his childhood neighborhood probably had more fears (such as making it to adulthoo...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it
4.0 Between the World and Me
Wow, is this guy pissed off. But he has a right to be. Those of us who grew up in and still live in Dick and Jane land have no idea what it's like for the folks we have intentionally barred from our Dream World. Mr. Coates tries to tell us. From as early as he can remember, he was afraid for his bod...
Mini Vacations
Mini Vacations rated it
5.0 Between the World and Me
The TruthThis book told the truth about black lives in this country. Not all black people grew up in ghettos, some of us grew up in the suburbs with the white picket fence. But this book shows we all experience the something and that is racism. Is book also shed light on what African Americans deal...
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