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Between the World and Me

The 2015 National Book Award Winner is a deep look at being black in America today

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
13-minute read
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me (2015) is an open letter to the author’s 15-year-old son about the realities that face black men in America. Filled with personal anecdotes about the author’s personal development and experiences with racism, his letter tries to prepare young black people for the world that awaits them.

  • Anyone interested in race and racism in the United States
  • Anyone interested in social issues
  • Anyone interested in US history

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir that explores Coates’s relationship with his father Paul Coates. In 2014, he won the George Polk Award in Journalism and, in 2015, he won the MacArthur Genius Grant.


Image Ta-Nehisi Coates: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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