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Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer)

“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

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’ 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. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful and passionate…profoundly moving…a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”

    New York Times

  • “Brilliant…[Coates] is…a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision.”

    Washington Post

  • “A work of rare beauty and revelatory honesty…Coates is one of America’s most important writers on the subject of America today.”


  • “Immense, multifaceted…This is a poet’s book…Coates’ compelling, indeed stunning, work is rare in its power to make you want to slow down and read every word. This is a book that will be hailed as a classic of our time.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mixing memoir, discourse, and outcry…this powerful little book may well serve as a primer for black parents, particularly those with sons. However, it is also a provocative read for anyone interested in a candid perspective on the headlines and the history of being black in America.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “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 review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2015
  • Winner of the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
  • A Carnegie Medal for Literature Longlist Selection
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Top 20 Selection
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 Top 10 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Top 10 Book
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2015 Library Journal Best Audiobook
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2015
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2015
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2015
  • A Flavorwire Pick for Best Nonfiction of 2015
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
  • A People Magazine Best Book of 2015
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut
  • Winner of the 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
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