July’s Book of the Month: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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We have a winner for our July 2016 book of the month.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for July is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Take a minute to see what this book is all about.


In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions 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. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

About the Author

31w6CB6-QkL._UX250_Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the 2008 memoir The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. His book Between the World and Me, released in 2015, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Coates received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2015. (read more)

Author’s Page: http://www.ta-nehisi.com/2012/10/shopping-with-carid.html

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/tanehisicoates

Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1214964.Ta_Nehisi_Coates

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Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates for being July’s book of the month.  Feel free to leave comments below or at Goodreads.com. We are looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

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