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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is here!

Ta-Nehisi Coates' previous memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, is a long-standing store favourite, so we're pretty excited about Between the World and Me hitting shelves this week. In recounting his own experiences growing up black in America in an extensive letter to his fifteen year old son, Coates examines racism in the contemporary U.S.A, while shedding light on the historical context that has lead to the fraught present. Written in his characteristically poetic style, Coates' latest offering really rips the band-aid off of any cozy notions of a "post-racial" America, delving into the ongoing legacy of slavery, and the construction of race as an empire-building tactic whose violence continues to manifest in myriad ways. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, this call to consciousness is particularly timely and crucial. Toni Morrison calls it "required reading," and we're inclined to agree.

You can read or listen to NPR's recent interview with Coates here, and pick up your copy of the new book at the store.

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