This was a recommendation from, well, every single one of my writing/book friends! I‘m so excited to dig in!
This has sat in my TBR pile for too long. Here we go!
While I read a number of these essays when they originally appeared in The Atlantic, reading them together in this volume was a treat. “The Case for Reparations” is perhaps my favorite of the essays, but the entire collection is wonderful.
I‘ve been looking forward to this. I love Coates‘ work.
Who we are is what matters most. We are a bundle of thoughts and feelings born of both nature and nurture. We are a complex tangle of inaccuracies, inconsistencies and ideas. We are bloated with certainties and haunted by uncertainties. We each have genetic code, but in a sense we have a memetic code too: an uncharted map, an emotional genome, that informs us and completes us even as we feel woefully incomplete. That‘s what goes into your story.
“Writing is a vital, elegant mechanism—but it is not the reason we do what we do, or at least not most of us. Writing isn‘t just for the pretty words, or for the well-constructed sentences, or for the way the poetry of it looks in our mind‘s eye and sounds in our mind‘s ear. Writing is a means to an end.”
Finally got my hands on this and am psyched to dig in!
This book was a rollercoaster for me. Interesting for a while, then slow and dull, and then interesting again. I loved the story itself, though!
Found this at my local half-price bookstore. Seems interesting, so here we go!
If you listened to Serial, read this book. There's so much more information, and it was incredibly hard to put down.
A slightly late Christmas gift. I've been interested in this story since hearing about it on Serial. The author is an amazing woman and a great writer. This is sure to be good.
I very much wanted to enjoy this book. The descriptions were beautifully written and vivid, but I felt like they overtook the story, kind of like the story itself got lost in them. I'm disappointed.
I loved this book SO much. It's incredibly eye-opening and should be considered required reading, especially now.
I've had this on my shelves for two years. I have no excuse for not reading it until now, but I'm looking forward to it. Here we go.
As much as I was looking forward to this book (as weird as it sounds), I wasn't sure what to expect. I made it all the way through, but was disappointed. It felt disjointed, even though the main character evolved a bit. Would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it? Perhaps. Either way, I'm glad it's over.