This book is why I read.
To challenge my worldview.
To think hard thoughts.
To reveal what has been hidden.
To start anew.
So enjoyed listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss his book the other night! #authorevents
Book #3 complete for #24b4monday! And my kitchen is cleaned up! “An American Tragedy” is definitely a proper subtitle for this book. Race in America has such a long, horrible history that it feels impossible that we can ever make real progress and the Trump presidency is a big glaring indicator of this. Certainly not a hopeful book, but an honest one. Coates is an amazing writer. As I mentioned in an earlier post bad narrator for this audiobook.
So i forgot to start my stopwatch for my audiobook drive into work, so I really have about 30 minutes more than this for day 1 of #24b4monday. goals for tomorrow are to finish this audiobook and Ellie and The Harpmaker #netgalley Arc. I also have “we should all be feminists” next up on Audio which is short so maybe I can finish 3 books tomorrow!
I‘m about halfway through this audiobook and it is so interesting.. race in America is so much more complex than we can even scratch the surface of, but Coates attempts to.. but the point of this post is OMG the narrator is killlling me. Why do Michelle Obama, Bill Cosby and a racist southern white guy all have the same voice/accent? Just read it straight if you‘re going to do that.
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates is an amazing look into the deeply rooted problems of American society. They say the pen is mightier than the sword. It's a scalpel cutting precisely to dissect society and humanity to see the reality our country faces. As I was reading Coates‘ words, I wondered if he ever reads his writing and thinks ‘damn, I am a magician with words.'
“All my life I had watched women support the dreams of men, hand over their own dreams to men, only to wonder, in later years, whether it was all worth it.”
This book is exhilarating, illuminating and, quite frankly, needs to be required reading for every single American. In these essays, Coates doesn‘t just discuss the feelings of being black in America, but the hard, stone cold facts of the subjugation of blacks in this country. Coates tracks how we got to the point we are now: to the presidency of a man Coates refers to as ‘the first white president‘ and our own American tragedy.
“White people are, in some profound way, trapped; it took generations to make them white, and it will take more to unmake them.”
"America had a biography, and in that biography, the shackling of black people - slaves and free - feature prominently." Such a good quote.
...& I will be there! 🤘📚🎉
Should be required reading for white people.
Trump is elected the first white president and Coates is disappointed and Obama strikes me as broken by all of it.
It‘s an important book both as one of those ‘process‘ books like ‘On writing‘ by Stephen King and as a sort of history through the lens of black culture vis a vis Coated own assumption of that mantle. It‘s a great read.
Sorry to get political around the holidays but I can‘t wait to listen to this while doing the puzzles I bought today with my mom. I also got 3 other audio books, just in case this raises our blood pressure too much. I‘m kind of afraid to post this. The rest is my Family Dollar haul with my credit card ( with a limit conveniently raised for the holidays) including origami, and kids coloring books, because like @Trashcanman said, the intricate 👇🏽
So glad I read it, but it‘s also a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Some great, though depressing, history, and a look at the ebb and flow of race relations and politics in America.
I read SO many excellent books in September! #septemberwrapup. I starred my favorites, but many of these are worth a recommendation.
When a book makes you think and think and you realize it will keep you thinking about our society and how even when things change there are so many people afraid of that change that too much stays the same. #audiobook
I listened to this one on audio. Initially I was disappointed that the author wasn‘t narrating (Between the world and me is amaaazimg narrated by him) but I quickly got over that, the content is so thought provoking and challenging. I learn a ton from these books and this especially gave me new insights into Obama‘s presidency, though that wasn‘t the point of the book overall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The history breaks the myth. And so the history is ignored, and fictions are weaved into our art and politics that dress villainy in martyrdom and transform banditry into chivalry, and so strong are these fictions that their emblem, the stars and bars, darkens front porches and state capitols across the land to this day
An important look backwards and forwards through Obama‘s presidency. From the hopeful beginnings through all the hard middle years and into Trump‘s win through Ta-Nehisi Coates contemporaneous writings. Occasionally a little repetitive, but each repetition was valuable within the confines of each essay.
A friend from the start of today‘s #audiowalk
Welcome to hour 15, readers!! We're going strong at HQ, but need to shake off the mid-afternoon sleepies with some snacks and a check-in. Let us know how it's going for you (we'll be over here noshing on some Cheezits and checking in on participants!) #24in48
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A lot I didn't know sprinkled throughout this book. Probably not the most uplifting book I needed to listen to at this time. This is a must-read though. My only complaint is that in some parts of this audiobook it sounded like the narrator went back to reread some lines and it made it sound totally different. I'm going to go find a cheesy, stupid funny, audiobook now.
What do you mean, you haven't read Coates yet?! Read this book, NOW!!
Reading: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Magazine: for when I want to cry or scream and need a breather
I love reading Vulture's feature on the top ten desert island book choices of celebrities& what the books mean to them. Of course it's bad for my #TBR pile. 📚📚📚😬📚📚
Below is the link to today's list from Leslie Odem Jr'. He originated the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton & won the Tony for Best Actor.)
Between half-marathon training and golf lessons and WASC writing and resuming my teaching duties after having a student teacher for two months, my reading has been lagging recently. I‘m trying to finish this one before the library Kindle gods snatch it away. Good stuff so far! #dogsoflitsy
An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.
A painful book to read but learnt a lot from the context and structure. Need a mojito to go with the reading.
First up for April‘s #FreakyFriday Reading Challenge! @Carolyn11215 has a phenomenal list of favorite books, and I can‘t wait to tackle as many as I can this month. Thank goodness for #audible to help me along the way!
“There was a feeling that [Obama had] erected a foundation upon which further progressive policy could be built. It‘s tempting to say that foundation is now endangered. The truth is, it was never safe.”
Coates is killing me. 💔
“No one-not our fathers, not our police, not our gods-is coming to save us. The worst really is possible. My aim is never to be caught, as the rappers say, acting like it can‘t happen.”
What to say about this collection of Coates‘s essays from The Atlantic? It‘s a tough read in light of the current state of the country, but so important. My one quibble is the lack of focus on gender, but Coates is pretty direct that race is his angle.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I already know I need to marinate on this and reread again in the next few years. There‘s just so much here: racism, discrimination, politics, criminalization of blacks, the breakdown of the black nuclear family....So. Damn. Much. I really enjoyed Coates essays and his approach and treatment of each topic. He‘s critical and thoughtful. Can‘t wait to read more by him. Think I‘ll pick up his Black Panther books. #litsybythenumbers #8 👇🏾
#audiodisassembly of my baby‘s crib as we prepare to move him into his brother‘s bed. We need to make room for our oldest son‘s new big boy bunk bed. Hoping the full understanding of this milestone won‘t hit me just yet and send me into tears. My boys are growing up so fast!!! 😭😭😭 I cant help but think of their future as I listen to this book.
An important and thought-provoking collection of essays written about race during the Obama presidency. It‘s not an easy book; the essays are pessimistic and dense with history. But my world view, and my view of America, has shifted and become more nuanced and more educated.
“And so we must imagine a new country. Reparations—by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences—is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.”
To be black in America was to be plundered. To be white was to benefit from, and at times directly execute, this plunder. No national conversation, no invocations to love, no moral pleas, no pleas for “sensitivity” and “diversity,” no lamenting of “race relations” could make this right. Racism was banditry, pure and simple. And the banditry was not incidental to America, it was essential to it.
“To celebrate freedom and democracy while forgetting America‘s origins in a slave economy is patriotism à la carte.”