Reading Between the World and Me

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for the Atlantic. His book Between the World and Me was on New York Times Best Sellers list in January 2016.

    As the spotlight continues to shine on the subject of race in America, Coates has become one of the most celebrated journalists on the topic, engaging a wide and diverse audience on the topic of race as he shares his experience of being an African-American male in America.

    Coates has published several articles for the Atlantic, including "The Black Journalist and the Racial Mountain" which examines the state of black journalism in America.

    This past September, seven of us gathered to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, at the Burnham-Hoyt Thursday Afternoon Book Discussion Group.

    The discussion was so engaging no one wanted to leave. We laughed, and empathized. We even disagreed on some issues, but approached our discussion with mutual respect and a desire to understand each other.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, discourse on race challenges the reader to examine their biases and perceived notions.

    Coates, writes this book as a letter to his adolescent son, focusing on the issue of racism in America and coming to terms with one's identity.

    Consider the following quote from his book "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." I felt this theme resonated throughout his book.

If you have not read works by Ta-Nehisi Coates consider his book Between the World and Me, and share your insights with us.

If you enjoyed Between the World and Me you might also like:

Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent and Reform by Tommie Shelby

Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America's Toughest Communities by Jorja Leap

Fire this Time: A Generation Speaks about Race Edited by Jesmyn Ward (eBook)

What books have you read, that presents a great dialog about race matters in the U.S.?

Written by J.Allen on November 10, 2016


Josh @ GVR on November 10, 2016


I have read two of Mr. Coates' books and I have found them profound and well-written.


Josh, Thank you for your comment. 

I haven't read The Beautiful Struggle by Coates, but I plan to place that on my list of things to read. 

Thank you, for sharing.

Laura on November 12, 2016


Coates' work has profoundly influenced my world view. I strongly recommend his article in the Atlantic "The Case for Reparations".

Jennie on November 16, 2016


I have read Between the World and Me, and found it to be profound and thought provoking. I'm reading The Fire this Time by Jessymn Ward, and would say the same about this collection of essays as well. I might also suggest reading her memoir, The Men We Reaped.

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