Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates
A #1 New York Times Bestseller, A National Book Award Finalist
A profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a black father for his son, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Winner of PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay 2016 and US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2015. Shortlisted for Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Non-Fiction 2016 and National Book Critics Circle Awards: Criticism 2015.
'The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future. Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son's life...this moving, potent testament might have been titled Black Lives Matter.' Kirkus Reviews (starred) 'I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates' journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.' -- Toni Morrison 'I just finished an advance copy of Between the World and Me, a look at the racial history of our country by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's really powerful and emotional.' -- John Legend Wall Street Journal 'Extraordinary...Ta-Nehisi Coates...writes an impassioned letter to his teenage son-a letter both loving and full of a parent's dread-counselling him on the history of American violence against the black body, the young African-American's extreme vulnerability to wrongful arrest, police violence, and disproportionate incarceration.' -- David Remnick New Yorker
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story 'The Case for Reparations'. He lives in New York with his wife and son.