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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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message 1: by Donna (new)

Donna Bailey | 98 comments If a book can be a piece of art then this book is a song. A beautifully written love letter from a father to a son about his experience as a black "body" in a "those who think they are white" world.

As the dearly lately departed Harper Lee wrote in "To Kill A Mockingbird" "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." This love song offers some insight into the world of a black man as Coates challenges his son to not buy into the "Dream" that he has to work twice as hard to be as good. He is perfect as himself.


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Anna Wassenaar | 54 comments I really loved reading this book, particularly because of how beautiful the language is. I didn't feel like Coates really answers a lot of the questions he raises though-I didn't get the sense that he really tells his son that he doesn't have to buy into the 'Dream'.


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Kim Ehrenhaft | 3 comments I enjoyed this book as well; it was very interesting to read this point of view. I agree with Anna that the questions raised were never answered, but I am not sure that the point was to answer the questions -- I think the point was to make sure that the questions continue to be asked until the answer is found. Or in other words, not to become complacent.


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