National Book Award Winner – Between the World and Me

“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

If you needed another reason to listen to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, here it is. This #1 N.Y. Times bestseller has won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Between the World and Me, written as a letter to his son, continues Coates’ tradition of confronting our nation’s history and ideals. He writes about inhabiting a black male body and how he found a way to live in his country and reckon with its fraught history. Written with a fire and eloquence that calls to mind the works of James Baldwin, Coates shares the story of his own awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences.

The recipient of two standing ovations, Mr. Coates began his acceptance remarks with an acknowledgment of his editor Chris Jackson:  “Thank you, Chris, thank you,” and spoke movingly about the book’s editorial-process odyssey they took together.

Listen to a clip from Between the World and Me read by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me