Between the World and Me cover

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

published in 

first published in 2015


✔ Available to borrow

152 pages

published by Spiegel & Grau

published in New York, NY

owned in Printed Book format

A grounded, concise description of life as Coates—one of the best American essayists alive—sees things. This book and the fatherly tone Coates takes while preparing his son for the injustice of being Black in America gave me several things I needed at once: one about racism, another about manhood, and another about fatherhood.

I purchased this, like so many other white people, in the summer of 2020; around the same time I bought The History of White People, although I finished that far later. The clear-eyed pessimism of this reminded me "My Dungeon Shook" from Jame's Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.


Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2015. Printed Book.