Between the World and Me (Paperback)
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An essay-centric memoir framed as a letter to the author's son, Between the World and Me is a meditation on the black American experience. Coates truly submerges you in his writing, interweaving his own life stories with everything from conversations about the ownership of the body to police brutality and the BLM movement. Though a bit unfocused at times, Coates' book is important reading for anyone looking for a memoir about being black in America.— Emily M.
September 2015 Indie Next List
“Coates writes about fear and its corrosive effects on our culture from a very personal perspective. He persuades us that we need a new way of understanding American history, a new story, and new names for ourselves and others in order for humanity to survive and thrive. Between the World and Me is urgently needed and should be required reading for everyone in America: high school and college students, church group members, business people, and especially all law enforcement and justice department personnel. This is a book I wish did not need to be written, but I am grateful to Coates for having the courage to share his views.”
— Liza Bernard (M), Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT