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Between the World and Me

Cover: 'Between the World and Me'

Staff Review: "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates


In this letter to his adolescent son, Coates reflects upon what it means to grow up and live in the United States while inhabiting a black body. It is a combination of history, social commentary, and memoir as Coates explains to his son the complexities of his own journey to adulthood and explores the larger context of the history of race in the United States. It is expertly crafted, insightful, and moving. If you appreciate books that allow you to walk in the shoes of another and see life through their eyes, this is the book for you. I appreciated the candor with which Coates details his personal history, particularly his childhood in West Baltimore, where life was ruled by fear on the part of parents and children alike. Issues of race, justice, and law enforcement continue to be a part of the national discussion. "Between the World and Me," which recently received the National Book Award for non-fiction, makes a valuable contribution to that discussion. The audio book, which is narrated by the author, is excellent, though I admit I’m tempted to read the print version of the book too.

Audience: teens | Genre: nonfiction, award-winning, alex award winner

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