Western Reads is pleased to announce the selection of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.
The book is written as a letter from Coates to his fifteen year-old son, examining the effects of racism during Coates’ formative years during the 1970s and 80s, as well as through his son’s more contemporary moment as a young Millennial. The book examines the physical and emotional effects of racism on African-Americans, including the impact of slavery on black bodies, the ideological violence that emerged from Reconstruction onward, and the various forms of institutional racism and segregation that continue today. A compelling reading, in terms of the frankness, which with Coates addresses the construction of race in the U.S., in both white and black terms, the book also brims with the kind of hope that a parent has to have for the future. Between the World and Me won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015. In a review for Slate, Jack Hamilton writes that the book “is a love letter written in a moral emergency, one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism.”