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Between the World and Me​ by Te-Nehisi Coates​

5/4/2019
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Home of Dr. Lynne Steinman
Santa Clarita, California 
United States
Contact: Lynne Steinman, Psy.D.
(661) 259-0144

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LACPA’s Spring Book Club Selection:

 

Between the World and Me

by Te-Nehisi Coates

 
Book Summary (from Amazon.com):
 
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 Meis Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 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 Meclearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
 
Awards forBetween the World and Me:
 
#1NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People •Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly
 
A Sample of Praise on Amazon:
 
“This is required reading” - Toni Morrison
 
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”  -The New York Observer
 
“Powerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.” - Michiko Kakutani,The New York Times

“Brilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders.” -The Washington Post

“Urgent, lyrical, and devastating . . . a new classic of our time.” –Vogue
 
There are many interesting reader reviews on Amazon.com, as well as other sites such as Goodreads.com, if you enjoy reading them.  Or better yet, share your review and thoughts with LACPA colleagues.
 
A few details about this book:
 
With over 4,000 reviews on Amazon.com, it received 5 stars by 77% and 4 stars by 12% of the reviewers.
It may be the shortest book read by the LACPA Book Club - 176 pages.  I hope that you can read this important book and join one of our meetings.
 
 

Please RSVP to:

 

Santa Clarita

Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 AM

Home of Dr. Lynne Steinman

LASteinman@aol.com  (661) 259-0144

Address and directions will be provided when you RSVP

 

 

 Join us for a great discussion with fellow LACPA members!

 

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