At some point in mid-December of 2017, I was sitting in a cafe with my brother-in-law when the topic of what we were currently reading came up. At the time, I’d just finished The Vegetarian by Han Kang, arguably the most literary book I read that year. He was reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power and had only good things to say. I asked if he’d read Between the World and Me yet and he said no, but he’d heard it was just as good. I ended up giving it to him for Christmas and realized I should probably also read it myself.
I got the audiobook from my library, narrated by the author himself. I am a white woman who has spent her life in predominantly white neighborhoods. I can’t comment on what it’s like to grow up as a black man in America. I can’t really say anything about this book aside from how powerful it is. I was so entranced by this book that I almost chopped my finger off cleaning up from dinner. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t even know what is.
Final rating: ★★★★★
#mm18: diversify your reading