A Great Empathy Read: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (2017 Reading Book #55)

I’ve been making a bigger effort to read books from perspectives dissimilar to my own so that I can better understand other people and the issues they face today. This was an amazing book for getting a glimpse into the African American experience and the issues pertaining to racism in the U.S. struggles with presently.

The most eye-opening parts for me were Coates’ discussion of how Blacks see the underlying history slavery throughout the U.S. instead of just seeing the buildings that exist today. I also found the part about what it was like to go to an all Black college and how safe and freeing to some degree it felt unlike everywhere else he had lived. I had never really considered either of those things before, so I feel like I learned a lot and broadened my perspective from reading this book.

I liked the structure of this book and found it to be any easy read. Some of the writing in the first essay felt a little verbose and challenging and harder to grasp than the other two essays.

Overall, I found it to be a really engaging and interesting read that challenged my own thoughts and perspectives in productive ways. I think there’s a lot to be gained from reading this, and I hope it will be a way to spark many important conversations.


In Summary:

Title(s): Between the World and Me

Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates

Overall Rating: 5/5

Genre: Race

Category: Nonfiction

Format Accessed: eBook

Imprint: Spiegel & Grau

Publisher: Penguin Random House

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