Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A powerful statement written as a series of essays/stories to Coates' son on black identity and growing up black in America. I've read reviews proclaiming this book as "required reading for all high schoolers", but I'm afraid I can't agree. The topic is difficult, at times uncomfortable, and above all, worthy of discussion and exploration, but beyond this, the writing itself became repetitive and therefore easy to put down. Unfortunately, I don't see most of my students being able to stick with it long enough to truly absorb the power of what Coates is saying.
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