U.S.A. / 2015
In 2015, Between the World and Me won a National Book Award in the Nonfiction category. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. The book is "a brutally honest portrayal of the plight of the African-American male in this country. Composed as a letter to his adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes with chilling bleakness and precision about racism in America. This is no simple account of racism, but rather a concise attack on a system which has consistently rendered black lives worthless. Incorporating history and personal memoir, Coates has succeeded in creating an essential text for any thinking American today." — National Book Foundation.