Between the World and Me

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Between the World and Me is brilliantly structured, insightful and forcefully argued. He navigates the complexities and burdens of race in America compassed by a father’s love for his son. But it s the soulful writing that makes the work a classic, prompting Toni Morrison to herald Coates as America’s new James Baldwin and the MacArthur Foundation to announce his genius.” —TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

“I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.” —Toni Morrison

“Obama’s statement also made me think of Between the World and Me, an extraordinary forthcoming book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which he writes an impassioned letter to his teen-age son a letter both loving and full of a parent’s dread counseling him on the history of American violence against the black body, the young African-American’s extreme vulnerability to wrongful arrest, police violence, and disproportionate incarceration.” —David Remnick in The New Yorker

“Immense, multifaceted… This is a poet’s book, revealing the sensibility of a writer to whom words – exact words – matter… As a meditation on race in America, haunted by the bodies of black men, women, and children, Coates’s compelling, indeed stunning, work is rare in its power to make you want to slow down and read every word. This is a book that will be hailed as a classic of our time.” —Publishers Weekly

“The powerful story of a father’s past and a son’s future. Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life… this moving, potent testament might have been titled Black Lives Matter.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the James Baldwin of our era, and this is his cri de coeur. A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers, he has distilled 400 years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country. An instant classic and a gift to us all.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns

“I just finished an advance copy of Between the World and Me, a look at the racial history of our country by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s really powerful and emotional.” —John Legend in The Wall Street Journal

“Heartbreaking, confronting, it draws power from understatement in dealing with race in America and the endless wrong-headed concept that whites are somehow entitled to subjugate everyone else.” – Capital

“In our current global landscape it’s an essential perspective, regardless of your standpoint. ” – Paperboy

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