This month we will be discussing Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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.
If you would like to participate, please contact Lynn via phone (740.446.7323 x 229), e-mail at email@example.com, or by stopping in at the Library.
You may pick up a copy of the book located on the cart (right outside the door to Lynn's office) in the children's play room.
Please sign the notebook sheet beside the number listed on the paper tucked in the book. Also, please make sure to stop at the Circulation Desk and check the book out.
August's title will be German Girl by Armando Correa.