Between the World and Me by Coates, Ta-Nehisi
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Between the World and Me -- Ta-Nehisi Coates - Hardcover


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER - NAMED ONE OF TIME'S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE - PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST - ONE OF OPRAH'S "BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH" - NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race" (Rolling Stone)

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN - NAMED ONE OF PASTE'S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE - 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.

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: One World
Published: 07/14/2015
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 7.30h x 5.10w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780812993547

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.6
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 182043 / Between the World and Me

Award: ALA Notable Books - Winner
Award: Alex Awards - Winner
Award: National Book Awards - Winner
Award: Literary Award - Finalist
Award: Books for a Better Life - Finalist
Award: Kirkus Prize - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/15/2015 pg. 56
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2015 pg. 23
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2015
Publishers Weekly 07/06/2015
People Weekly 07/27/2015 pg. 41
Entertainment Weekly 07/31/2015 pg. 63
Shelf Awareness 07/14/2015
Entertainment Weekly 12/18/2015 pg. 99
Library Journal 08/01/2015 pg. 106
Booklist 08/01/2015 pg. 7
New York Times Book Review 09/06/2015 pg. 10
New York Times Book Review 09/13/2015 pg. 30
Ebony 09/01/2015 pg. 33
Christian Century 09/30/2015 pg. 37
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/02/2015 pg. 25
Essence 12/01/2015 pg. 64
NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/06/2015 pg. 27
Shelf Awareness 12/11/2015
Kirkus Best Nonfiction 12/01/2015 pg. 12
New York Times Book Review 12/13/2015 pg. 12
People Weekly 12/21/2015 pg. 58
Booklist Editors Choice/Adult 01/01/2016 pg. 8
Booklist Ed Choice Adu Bk YA's 01/01/2016 pg. 11
New York Review of Books 02/11/2016 pg. 28
School Library Journal 02/01/2016 pg. 110
Library Journal 05/15/2015

About the Author
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His book Between the World and Me won the National Book Award in 2015. Coates is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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