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Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Hailed by Toni Morrison as required reading, a bold and personal literary exploration of Americas racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States (The New York Observer) 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 understanding our nations 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 menbodies 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 Coatess attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his sonand readersthe 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 childrens 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 MePowerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesBrilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders, and it is something to behold: a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision.The Washington PostIve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coatess journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory.Toni MorrisonAbrilliant thinker at the top of his powers, Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country.An instant classic and a gift to us all.Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other SunsI know that this book is addressed to the authorsson, and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass, inexorably, into harms way. I hope that I will be forgiven, then, for feeling that Coates was speaking to me, too, one father to another, teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable.Michael ChabonA work of rare beauty . . . a love letter written in a moral emergency, one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism.SlateFrom the Hardcover edition.
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We swapped out the classics!! Don‘t freak out, you can keep your classics, you just might also love these swaps. Even more here: https://www.strandbooks.com/strand-blog#/entry/entry235-adult...

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“Every February my classmates and I were herded into assemblies for a ritual review of the Civil Rights Movement. Our teachers urged us toward the example of freedom marchers, Freedom Riders, and Freedom Summers, and it seemed that the month could not pass without a series of films dedicated to the glories of being beaten on camera.”

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Another one for the list of “books I can‘t believe I waited this long to read.” Poignant and eloquently written, Coates blends personal experiences with historical and current events. This book is written as a letter to his son- to both reflect and anticipate what his life might be like. Coates reads the audio version himself, adding another layer to this already very personal work.

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#30JuneBooks #E for everything I read in June. I haven‘t finished The Library of Lost and Found but the day is young. The audiobook of Dread Nation was so good. I was pleasantly surprised because I usually stay clear of zombies. Loved Brain on Fire and Assassin‘s Apprentice. Everyone should read Between the World and Me. Gave me a whole new better informed perspective. I am sorry it sat on my shelf unread for so long.

@howjessreads

SilversReviews THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND is the only one I read...LOVED IT!! 3mo
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Participated in a book discussion today with Rachel Cargle about this book. Everyone should read it, and sign up for the next book discussion, on The Bluest Eye. Check out http://instagram.com/rachel.cargle for more info.

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“Race is the child of racism, not the father.” Signed up for the Loveland Hall summer reading session with Rachel Cargle. This is the first book assigned.

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“You have every right to wear your hoodie, to play your music as loud as you want. You have every right to be you. And no one should deter you from being you. You have to be you. And you can never be afraid to be you."

A heart-breaking read. I almost couldn't finish it. A letter to his son about what it's like being born black, living as one, living among the people who believe they're white.

No words can do this book justice. Just (re)read it.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you @thewallflower0707 for your recommendation! I'm halfway through my #newyearwhodis challenge. Slowly but surely 😅@monalyisha thank you for hosting! 4mo
thewallflower0707 It‘s a fantastic book! 4mo
llawela Great review. Thx 1mo
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Her review makes me want to steal this book from the office library (Can't get it as i have 2 issued already which is the limit). Ugh!

readordierachel It's really good! 4mo
Reggie I read this back in February and it is so personal. Sooo good. Hope you get it soon. 4mo
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This was a book that came across my radar, unexpectedly. But I'm so very glad I did. This book really had a way of captivating you into his life without meaning to. Its raw unfiltered emotion, and passionately written as a sort of letter from a father to a son. Beautiful and poetic!

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I get to meet Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday! So this is how I‘m spending part of my Friday evening.

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Having a good reading month so far.. 13 days, 13 books finished. I don‘t think I‘ll get to 30 books this month, but maybe 27, which I think is my record.

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Short but heartbreakingly powerful. I cried more than once. 💔

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We read to better understand our surroundings, to better relate to other humans. Structured as an open letter to his son, Coates speaks eloquently of what it means to grow up in a black body in this country. His brutally honest words are full of pain & frustration, & sometimes, hope. Many have said he didn‘t bring new information to the race discussion, but I find that rude & irrelevant. His stories and thoughts deserve to be heard.

vivastory I'm seeing him speak on the 26th, really looking forward to it 5mo
britt_brooke @vivastory Envious!! 5mo
vivastory I'm getting a soft cover of We Were Eight Years in Power as part of my admission package. I already own it, would you be interested in it? 5mo
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britt_brooke @vivastory Yes! Thank you much. 🤗 Do you still have my address? 5mo
vivastory I'm not sure if I mailed you at your new house, or your old one. Message me on Goodreads. 5mo
britt_brooke @vivastory I was thinking the same thing! 😁 I‘ll shoot you a message. Thanks! 5mo
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"I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world."

#readblackauthors

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Beautiful

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My job, in the little time we have left together, is to match that intelligence with wisdom. Part of that wisdom is understanding what you were given. A city where gay bars are unremarkable, a soccer team in which half the players speak some other language. What I‘m saying is that doesn‘t all belong to you. That the beauty in you is not strictly yours...

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Perhaps struggle is all we have because the god of history is an atheist and nothing of his world is meant to be. So you must wake up very morning knowing that no promise is unbreakable, least of all the promise of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of the universe itself.

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I‘m surrounded by cats as I enjoy my newest read ❤️ #catsoflitsy #Felicia #NelsonKitty #Marmalade

booklahoma You are so lucky! 😻 6mo
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This audiobook (read by Mr. Coates) is phenomenal.

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Heavy and powerful.

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If you haven‘t read Between the World and Me yet, you should. It is short, powerful, evocative and important. I listened to this in one sitting (it is narrated by the author, making it that much more impactful), while ignoring all the things I was supposed to get done tonight. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Reggie This was so good and chalk up another one we both liked!!🥳 6mo
candority @Reggie Woohoo! 6mo
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I genuinely enjoyed every single one of my reads in Feb. The tagged book is my only five star read but the others, besides from the last two, are four stars. #februarywrapup

Weaponxgirl Lots of books I‘d like to get to on your list 😁 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some great looking reads there! 📚💖 7mo
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It‘s already four years since this book was released - how has it taken me this long to read it? I‘ve no doubt this book is timeless. Coates is often criticised for not offering any hope (he shouldn‘t have to), but there is so much power and pride here as he reflects on how he grew to understand what it is and how to be black in America: “They made us into a race. We made ourselves into a people.”

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So beautifully & powerfully written. It‘s opened my eyes to a world that is far from my own. I finished Invisible Man this month too, and I feel like I‘ve learned a lot about race in America from these two books. It‘s vivid and emotive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This book was a mind blower. Coates took me deep and then some. I loved his use of the word, body, and the word, Dream, and everything that came from those two words throughout the book. I loved that he loves his son so much. Such a skilled writer. Pick!!

Cathythoughts Great review... I love that you love that he loved his son so much ♥️ 7mo
Lauram I loved this book and I loved this page. 7mo
Reviewsbylola Totally need to read this. Great review. 7mo
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Reggie @Lauram I really liked what he said about those who plunder in the name of the dream have also been plundering Mother Earth and how she has her own ways of evening the score. Which is funny because I think this would be a great high school read but I read a story yesterday that several states are pushing for laws teaching climate change denial. So there‘s that. Lol. But I really did love this book and it reminded me of Baldwin‘s The Fire Next Time 7mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola Thank you so much!!! 7mo
DivineDiana A favorite. Impactful and moving. 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I so wanna read this. One of my picks for my #newyearwhodis challenge! Your review makes me wanna read it even more! 5mo
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Coates is such a brilliant, evocative writer, and that helps this come alive. But the emotion behind it is so raw, so powerful, so familiar that I think even without Coates‘ gifts, it would still be a potent read. Absolutely vital.

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I‘m not sure I can say anything to do this book justice. #LitsyAtoZ (5/26)

Reggie 😭I‘m gonna read this later this month. Nice choice of a quote. 7mo
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This was profound. #BooksForAllies #audiobook #5of65

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profound and compelling, read by the author 🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿

gradcat I love him...so smart, wise! 8mo
BlazinHoney @gradcat I‘m seeing that! Looking forward to reading/listening to more of his books :) 8mo
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This is such a powerful read, & listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates read it himself made it even more so. It hurts me to think that anyone has to worry about their or their child‘s life because they wear a hoodie, listen to loud music, or any one of a million things that never concern me when my own do them. But I love that he tells his son not to bow to those fears; to be fully himself no matter what. This read is gonna have me thinking for a while.

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Book lights are a revelation 📚💡😻

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I don‘t feel right trying to compose a review but in summary I‘ll say: Coates keenly dissected how society continues to denigrate black bodies (not so subtly reminding us how prevalent racism is despite protests otherwise) as he addresses his experiences to his son.

nikirtehsuxlol It was so good. If you like music and TaNehisi Coates, I‘d suggest they can't kill us till they kill us. 9mo
mrozzz Thanks! I have that book... just lent it out to a friend @nikirtehsuxlol 9mo
nikirtehsuxlol 😅 great minds 9mo
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Interesting perspective on Race in America. Such a huge problem and I like to read a variety of views. But not those of racists! They need to shut up. The audiobook is read by the author which made this more compelling.

Rissreads This sounds fantastic! I just read Why I‘m no longer talking to white people about race which is written by a woman from England. So I think this would be interesting also to compare. 9mo
ReadingDownUnder @Rissreads Ooh, sounds good. 9mo
OrangeMooseReads This is excellent and important. 9mo
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A very tragic read, a very necessary book.

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I have so many on my bought and tbr pile, I wish I could devour this read just about now! But it has to wait... p.s. This is a good alternative to those who dislike fiction but is in search of similar reads, for example: The Hate U Give. Thank you to a fellow bookworms on Silent Book Club for the recommendation.

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In an open letter to his teenaged son, Coates reflects on his experiences as a black man in America and the ways in which America is built upon the labor and suffering of black bodies.

A short but powerful read.

RaimeyGallant I think this is on my list. I have to check. 11mo
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Maya Angelou called this book required reading, enough said!!! Pls feel free to borrow my copy!!!

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My favorite book of #readathon. Highly recommended . Final totals: 9 hr 35 min (6 hr 45 min reading, 2 hr 50 min audio), 515 pages. I‘m pretty happy with that, considering I was gone most of the afternoon. Hope everyone had a great Readathon! ❤️👍👏📚📚

LauraBrook Whoa, those are some impressive stats! Congratulations!!!🍾 Maybe next time we will both have a quiet Readathon day. 🤞🏼 Thanks for being my buddy as always! 😚💖💖 11mo
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Readerann
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I‘ve been on a nonfiction kick lately, so I‘ll start off Dewey‘s #readathon with this little gem.

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MY BODY IS READY. This is AMAZING news from the Frankfurt Book Fair this week! What a great week for book announcements. (📸: @jessicaesquire ) 📚❤️📚

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I love getting the perspectives of people who are in some way different from me. This book was so well written and emotional at times. I listened to it on audio via #scribd, but I will probably go back and read the print version sometime soon. Listening to it was a good first read, so that I could really get the emotion, but I think I missed some of the specific good points and quotes a bit that way. Recommend

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Required reading. #doit

ruskigurl16 I have. And I agree, 100%. 12mo
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I just started this audiobook this afternoon. I am liking it so far. I needed another break from Lolita.

DivineDiana I loved this. But it is serious subject matter, not a break by any means. 12mo
Samplergal @DivineDiana No it isn‘t. Just a change from pedophilia. Ick 12mo
Velvetfur So are you struggling with Lolita too? I read it a few months ago and I found out soooo rambling...! 12mo
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DivineDiana @Samplergal I have resisted reading it for just that reason, despite all of its praise. 12mo
SW-T Between the World is good. Hope you enjoy. Lolita wasn‘t bad, but mostly ramblings of an aging, self-obsessed guy. 12mo
Samplergal @Velvetfur Yes. I can only do small bits. It‘s soooooo sick. But my god brilliantly written. I‘m about 2/3 through it. Determined to finish before my library loan ends in 6 days. Usually I fly through books. 12mo
Velvetfur @Samplergal Yes some of it made me wince, like 'ugh' 🙁 I agree it's very well written but it does stray into 'rambling' territory for me quite often, where I just didn't know what he was talking about anymore! 12mo
Jason7 Lolita was not a book I enjoyed. I made to the end because I usually finish a book once I start it, but it was a slog for me. 12mo
quanners This book was a challenge but it was something that as a black woman with nephews growing up in this society I needed to read. Lolita on the other hand is worth putting down. I could not get past the narrative being told by a pedophile. 12mo
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Wow. This book taught me much and helped me to see a little clearer. It helped me understand things I had no clue about.

MStew I've heard its great! Stacked!!🤓 12mo
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B&N with a blowout sale and I have a 15% coupon = me with a win!

Lindy You have one of my current faves there: 12mo
PacingTheCage @Lindy I couldn't believe it was in their 50% pile. I got the last one on the display. 12mo
Lindy @dltpacngthecage 🍀 !!! 12mo
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