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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

livrad's review against another edition

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5.0

In this powerful book, Ta-Nehisi Coates attempts to explain to his 15-year-old son both his own personal experiences of racism and the history of it in the United States. His essays are both full of facts and explanations--and his hopes for how things will be different for his son. There is an almost poetic quality to the memoir portions, and because it was framed as a letter, there's an intimacy throughout.

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4.0


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abrswf's review against another edition

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5.0

Fiery and poetic and true, this long essay/short book is a shaming revelation about black lives in the USA today.

bgirl1214's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced

3.75

nchaidez's review against another edition

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5.0

This is a beautifully written love poem. Ta-Nehisi wrote this letter for his teenage son. About what it means to be black in our world. What value this world puts on black bodies and how you have to find the hope.

It was painful yet beautiful. It was disheartening yet empowering. So so many emotions.

This is a must read.

deidrelj's review against another edition

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4.5


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earlyandalone's review against another edition

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5.0

This book is luminous. It's luminous not just because Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most brilliant writers out there, but it's shining with intellect, humor, beauty, tenderness, and rage. If this book doesn't become required reading, I don't know what to believe.

arielsage's review against another edition

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5.0

I'm a little embarrassed that it took me the better part of a year to finish this, but now that I've finally read it, I can confidently state:

Every American must read this book.

zeebookdragon's review against another edition

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5.0

A beautifully written message to his almost-grown son. Coates highlights how his body, his son's body, are never quite their own within the skewed justice system of America. His message encompasses life lessons and heartbreak. 

pcdbigfoot's review against another edition

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4.75

The author and I grew up in different places, something I learned in his memoir, Beautiful Struggle.  This letter to his son spoke to me as a fellow parent, although the things he shared are quite different from those I would share with my daughters.

We parents want to keep our children safe, physically, emotionally, and educationally equipped to bound mostly unafraid into our world.  What he shares with his son feels like a wonderfully honest, deeply vulnerable treatise on what it takes to grow up as a black man today.  

I can't claim to fully understand how that feels.  But hearing it helps me better understand the work we all have ahead of us.