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Between the World and Me
by Ta-nehisi Coates


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780451482211
  • ISBN-10: 0451482212
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

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Powerful, provocative and deeply disturbing, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me should be mandatory listening. Coates reads his eloquent assessment of what it means to be black in a decidedly non-post-racial America, and it’s affecting to hear the controlled passion in his voice. Written as a cautionary letter to his 15-year-old son and wrapped in his recollections of growing up in Baltimore and going to Howard University, it’s also a meditation on the ingrained structural racism still present in our society. 

Early in The Story of the Lost Child, the last of Elena Ferrante’s much admired Neapolitan novels, she describes Elena, her main character, as having “a natural ability to transform small private events into public reflection.” Ferrante has perfected that kind of transformation in these four brilliant novels that consider two women, their lifelong friendship and competition, their very different ways of dealing with what limits a woman and what frees her. It is read by Hillary Huber.

Distinguished historian David McCullough has done it again. The Wright Brothers is the fabulously detailed, always riveting story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright taught themselves to fly and changed the world forever. Drawing on the brothers’ diaries, letters and private family correspondence, McCullough recreates their extraordinary achievement in full color, and he narrates in an appealing, let-me-tell-you-a-story voice that enhances his flowing, elegant style.

Elizabeth Alexander’s lyrically written, lyrically read The Light of the World is an elegiac love letter to her husband, Ficre, their harmonious marriage and their two teenage sons. It’s a moving, often raw, often joyful memoir of their life together until his sudden death just after his 50th birthday. An Eritrean, a painter and a chef, he was cherished by family and friends. Acclaimed poet Alexander worked through her loss and longing with words, words that now let us share her journey. 

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You can look for grand themes and literary gestures in Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Purity, performed here by a trio of excellent narrators, or you can be swept into the intertwined plot lines that roil around the protagonists as they reveal themselves, their relationships, their very contemporary angst and their quest for identity. We meet young Pip (yes, a nod to Great Expectations), her wildly neurotic mother, the father she’s been searching for and a fabulous Assange-esque activist who leaks big secrets but harbors his own. Their backstories unfold with flashes of mordant wit as Franzen’s dissection of unhappy families reaches dazzling new heights. 

 

This article was originally published in the December 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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