Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hardcover, 2015



Spiegel & Grau (2015), Edition: 1, 176 pages


"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? In Tremble for My Country, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here"--… (more)


National Book Award (Finalist — Nonfiction — 2015)
Pulitzer Prize (Finalist — General Non-Fiction — 2016)
Kirkus Prize (Finalist — Nonfiction — 2015)
Alex Award (2016)
Indies Choice Book Award (Winner — Adult Nonfiction — 2016)
Green Mountain Book Award (Nominee — 2017)
Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Shortlist — Nonfiction — 2016)
ALA Notable Book (Nonfiction — 2016)
Street Literature Book Award (Adult Non-Fiction — 2016)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Nominee — Debut Author — 2016)
Booklist Editor's Choice: Adult Books (Social Sciences — 2015)
Boston Globe Best Book (Nonfiction — 2015)
The Observer Book of the Year (Politics — 2015)
Notable Books List (Nonfiction — 2016)


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176 p.; 5.1 inches


0812993543 / 9780812993547




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