Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: A Review by Warren Bull
This book is in the form of a letter from the author to his adolescent son about living as a black man in America. It is heart-rending, awe-inspiring and well deserving of the National Book Award for Non-fiction, the NCAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, the Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and the other honors it gathered.
I am well aware that I have not shared the experience described in the book. I cannot understand it as the author and his son do. I have lived in places where my pale skin and blue eyes marked me as a member of a minority — Caucasian. I have worked where if someone came in and asked for, “that white guy” he or she was looking for me. I have worked for and with African-Americans. As a therapist, I have been honored to hear the life story of many African-Americans. And much of this book is new to me.
This is an honest account. It was sometimes not easy to read and it raised my emotions throughout. For a glimpse into the black experience, I give this my very highest recommendation. As Toni Morrison said, ”This is required reading.”