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Between the World and Me

In a profound new book 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 nation’s history and current crisis in race relations. In Between the World and Me, 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, confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we 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. When Toni Morrison calls you “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States”, you know it's required reading. And for a primer, check out Coates' The Case for Reparations.