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Between the World and Me


The University Library is pleased to participate in this year's Sonoma County Reads. Sonoma County Reads is a community reading program that encourages residents to join together in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. This year's selection is Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me.

Coates's book is a thoughful exploration of what it means to be black in the United States, and to face the continual "racist violence that has been woven into American culture." In a time when questions about racist violence and the institutional racism that deeply structures American society are coming to the fore, reading this book collectively and grappling with the problems and realities Coates raises is a step toward uncovering the broken places in our nation and our own communities. 

The University Library would like to encourage everyone in the Sonoma State University community to read Coates's book this year, and to join us in discussions about the themes and problems he raises. 

You can find copies of his book, as well as other books about the realities of being black in today's United States, on our 2nd floor book display across from the Information/Checkout Desk. 

The Library will be hosting a "Dinner Table Talk" discussion of this book on November 10, in addition to events happening around the county. Stay tuned for more information to come!

Learn more about Ta-Nehisi Coates and Between the World and Me

Alexander, Michelle. (2015, August 17). Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Between the World and Me.' The New York Times Sunday Book Review. 

All of Ta-Nehisi Coates's stories in The Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates reads from Between the World and Me (The Atlantic). 

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Twitter: @tanehisicoates

Ta-Nehisi Coates on GoodReads

Ta-Nehisi Coates resources in the Sonoma State University Library

Between the World and Me in the Sonoma State University Library

Between the World and Me in the Sonoma County libraries