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Between the World and Me - 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... 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’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—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.Praise for Between the World and Me   “I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.”—Toni Morrison“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the James Baldwin of our era, and this is his cri de coeur. A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers, he has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country. Between the World and Me is an instant classic and a gift to us all.”—Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns   “Immense, multifaceted . . . This is a poet’s book, revealing the sensibility of a writer to whom words—exact words—matter. . . . As a meditation on race in America, haunted by the bodies of black men, women, and children, Coates’s compelling, indeed stunning, work is rare in its power to make you want to slow down and read every word. This is a book that will be hailed as a classic of our time.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “The powerful story of a father’s past and a son’s future . . . Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life. . . . This moving, potent testament might have been titled Black Lives Matter.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780812993547 (0812993543)
ASIN: 0812993543
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
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Tea, Rain, Book
Tea, Rain, Book 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...
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 Between the World and Me
Coates writes beautifully and plainly to explain his experience and wisdom to his son. Though his son is the intended reader, his words are something everyone should read. There's no simple way to explain what he talks about because he covers so many topics, though it can be said that they all relat...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
4.0 the importance of mecca for those who fear for their bodies
Compact, powerful, heartfelt and deeply personal examination of the death of a college friend at the hands of the police. It's so easy to declare oneself "not a racist" and yet be blind to the institutionalized racism against African Americans. Coates removes those blinders for the reader. He does n...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
5.0 Between the World and Me
First, a backdrop, or rather one of the backdrops to this book, an abstract, literary one - not the context of daily institutionalised violence, minor hostilities, the need to be - in Coates' words - "twice as good".I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. Toni ...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it
5.0 Between the World and Me
A riveting, thoughtful, important work that made me think and feel. I'd love to take something here and share in class this year, coupled with Mockingbird, something to scratch a little below the surface of that fairy tale and speak to us about our own world.
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