Sunday, May 7, 2017

Between the World and Me by Ta-Hehisi Coates

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates [305.8 AfrYc] 

The book was written by the author as a letter to his son. Though only 152 pages, it is of a dense nature, which offered me a lot of information. The author examines the racism, oppression and fear that he has experienced as a black man, while also examining the history of race in the United States. History is his passion, and I learned about historical figures outside of our country as he recounted stories of leaders he had admired and then saw through a new perspective. Within America, he shared experiences of his life at Howard University, his life visiting the South, his time spent examining life in the south side of Chicago, and his visit with the mother of a friend . . . a friend who had been shot and killed by the police. I found this to be intense reading, and would highly recommend it for individuals and book clubs. My favorite author, Toni Morrison, called this required reading.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Book of Harlan, by Bernice L. McFadden.]

[ publisher’s official Between the World and Me web site ] | [ official Ta-Nehisi Coates Twitter feed ]

Recommended by Jodi R.
Gere Branch Library

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