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Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This short book is a long-form essay written as a letter to the author's 15 year old son. In it, Coates reflects on, explores, and explains the experience of being a black man in America in order to help his son navigate this experience. He takes on the systematic subjugation of African-Americans and how this is embedded deeply in American life and history, and looks at what it means to live as an African-American in these systems and to struggle against them. Coates weaves together history, current events, and personal experience into one masterful whole. His prose is amazing, and this is seriously some of the best writing I have read in years. It grabs a hold of you and pulls you along.
This book gave me so much to think about, and so much I need to think about more. I can't quite write more about Coates' ideas and points because I am still thinking about and processing it all.
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