I didn’t know about this book … but as soon as I heard something about it on a podcast, I went to Amazonia on my phone and copped it.
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer questions about American history and ideals in a letter to his adolescent son.
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.
it is written, basically, in 3 long essays and is one of the easiest reads I’ve had in a while. I’ve got quite the reading list for this summer, but this one moved right to the top of the list after I read a few pages.
Tony Morrisson says that its required reading and I couldn’t agree with someone any more than I do that sentiment. And not just for black folk, but for everyone.
He went to Howard, I went to Morehouse, but the narrative that he draws in the book, I literally felt like I was back in Southwest Atlanta on Ashby. This is a very well written book and Coates continues to be the people’s voice right now.
He also wrote an article for the Atlantic a few years back called, “The Case For Reparations” that vaulted him in to the national spotlight and this book will keep him there until his next piece of work. This guy is ridiculously talented and I can’t wait to see what is next.
Spoiler alert. I heard about this this book on Wednesday, bought it and it came in the mail from Amazon Prime on Thursday, I started reading it last night (Friday), and I am already done with it. Its Saturday evening. Its that quick of a read. You can knock it out in a couple of hours over a
bottle couple of glass of wine. I suggest it.