Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America
Between the World and Me Notes on the First 150 Years in America Author:Ta-Nehisi Coates “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 underst... more »anding 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.« less
In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his teenage son on"What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?" This book will assuredly garner strong opinions - both from those who agree and disagree with its ideas. Either way, it will leave you thinking. Therein lies its power. I read it in one day and am now rereading already.
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Reviewed based on a copy received through a publishers giveaway. Thank you Shelf Awareness.
Debbie D. (debbiemd) reviewed Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America on
This was on Kate's AP Lang summer reading list. It is written by a black man to his black son and talks about growing up black in America. It is not easy reading. Growing up in the poor neighborhoods of Baltimore as a black boy, having to learn to navigate the streets, and your primary concern being protection of your body to stay safe, stay alive. Going to Howard University and expanding your horizons, seeing people with black skin in many different ways. Moving to New York and expanding your horizons yet again. But at the base of it all is cops still killing black men and racism in America.