Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

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#FuturisticFriday Review: We Were Eight Years in Power

October 18, 2017 Uncategorized 12 ★★★★★

#FuturisticFriday Review: We Were Eight Years in PowerTitle: We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Rating:five-stars

Summary: Brilliant, beautiful, thought-provoking, highly recommended.

This is a collection of essays Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, one per year, while Obama was president. Each is a preceded by an introduction from the author, describing the context for the essay, including both where he was in his personal life and where we were politically. In this intro sections, he also talks about his writing process and what he thinks of his essays now that some time has passed. The author wraps up with a new essay including his thoughts on Trump’s election. Read more »

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Review: Between the World and Me

November 15, 2015 Uncategorized 29 ★★★★★

Review: Between the World and MeTitle: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:five-stars

Summary: This was one of the most eye-opening, intellectually engaging books I’ve ever read.

If I’m honest, I’ve been putting off reading this book for ages. I’ve been nervous to pick it up both because I knew it wouldn’t be a “fun” or a light read and because I feel there’s a lot of room for me to put my foot in my mouth reviewing it. However, I’ve heard great things about it and think it’s an important book to read, so I decided to use the push from Nonfiction November and pick this up. To paraphrase the book summary, this is a book written as a letter to the author’s son attempting to answer questions about what it means to be a black man in America through his experiences and thoughtful commentary. Read more »

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