January 2018 Book Group

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Join librarian Sue to discuss National Book Award Winner "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage in his life, he's sought in his explorations of history the answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? ...Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here." -- Provided by the publisher

Library Journal states that "This stunning ... memoir should be required reading for high school students and adults alike."

The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly, except for December, to read and discuss as a group at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Selections cover many genres, including occasional non-fiction titles, and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.