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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 )

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER - NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER - PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review - O: The Oprah Magazine - The Washington Post - People - Entertainment Weekly - Vogue - Los Angeles Times - San Francisco Chronicle - Chicago Tribune - New York - Newsday - Library Journal - Publishers Weekly 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

"Powerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Eloquent . . . in the tradition of James Baldwin with echoes of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man . . . an autobiography of the black body in America." -- The Boston Globe

"Brilliant . . . Coates] is firing on all cylinders." -- The Washington Post

"Urgent, lyrical, and devastating . . . a new classic of our time." -- Vogue

"A crucial book during this moment of generational awakening." -- The New Yorker

"Titanic and timely . . . essential reading." -- Entertainment Weekly

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Full title between the world and me
Author coates ta nehisi
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-24 13:09:45PM
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subject_facet African Americans -- Public opinion, African Americans -- Social conditions, African Americans -- United States -- Public opinion, African Americans -- United States -- Social conditions, African-Americans -- United States -- Public opinion, African-Americans -- United States -- Social conditions, Audiobooks, Electronic books, Large type books, Race discrimination -- United States, Racism -- United States, United States -- Race relations, Whites -- United States -- Attitudes
title_display Between the world and me
title_full Between the World and Me, Between the world and me / Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the world and me [sound recording] / Ta-nehisi Coates, Between the world and me [text (large print)] / Ta-Nehisi Coates
title_short Between the world and me
topic_facet African American Nonfiction, African Americans, African-Americans, Attitudes, Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, Large type books, Nonfiction, Public opinion, Race discrimination, Race relations, Racism, Social conditions, Sociology, Whites