Hardcover: R501 (Exclusive Books), R329 (Takealot), R312 (Loot)
Paperback: R318 ( ExclusiveBooks), R295 ( Takealot), R204 (Loot)
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.
In this short memoir, the “Atlantic” writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people–a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States.
A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens–those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage of violence against people of color. (Goodreads)
Who is Ta-Nehisi Coates?
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the 2008 memoir The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. His book Between the World and Me, released in 2015, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Coates received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2015. (Goodreads)
Why we picked this book:
Ta-Nehisi’s letter to his son about being black in America today, is as relevant to Black South Africans trying to blend-in in their own country. The reviews got us amped us about reading it. A definite must read about black reality, identity, and outrage. Also true: White people can and should read it.