Between the world and me / Ta-Nehisi Coates.Material type: TextSeries: Book club kitPublisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, Copyright date: ©2015Description: 152 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780812993547; 0812993543Subject(s): Coates, Ta-Nehisi -- Childhood and youth | Howard University -- Students -- Biography | United States -- Race relations | Race discrimination -- United States | Racism -- United States | African Americans -- Social conditions | African Americans -- Public opinion | Whites -- United States -- Attitudes | Fathers and sons | United States -- Race relationsGenre/Form: Biography. | Narrative non-fiction. | Bildungsromans. | Bildungsromans. | Autobiographies. | Biographies.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Between the world and meDDC classification: 305.800973 LOC classification: E185.615 | .C6335 2015Other classification: 15.85 | D771.262 | 15.85. | D771.262.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a 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 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.
Prologue: The talk -- The changes -- The second change: Malcolm and the body -- The third change: Mecca and the death of mythology -- The fourth change: New York and the death of mercy -- The fifth change: Gettysburg and the long war -- The sixth change: Chicago and the streets -- The seventh change: Eyes open to the world -- The eighth change: The blast -- Epilogue: Into the world.
National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2015