The next meeting of the Central St. Matthew Daytime Book Club will be Thursday, September 21 at 10 am at the home of Arlean Fermanis (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be reading Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates.
The book is available at Amazon for $9.99 kindle and $15.00 for hardback. Paperback is available but not directly from Amazon so not eligible for free shipping. There are 7 of 20 copies available at the New Orleans Public Library and 4 available in Jefferson.
From the Amazon web site:
“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 Me is 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 Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.”