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Common Read 2016 : Between the World and Me 

By: Margot Gargus Lion’s Eye Staff Writer, mbg5317@psu.edu

Brandywine’s common read book this year is “Between the World and Me,”
By Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The book addresses black struggles in today’s society. The author tries to enlighten readers about the current situation of divisiveness in the world.

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempts to address these questions in a letter to his young son—sharing his story and his history The story covers events in Ta-Nehisi’s life from university to fighting in war. The book jacket review by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times commends Coates,

“Mr. Coates’s expressionistic book is a sequel … to “The Beautiful Struggle,” the evocative 2008 memoir of growing up in Baltimore, the son of a Vietnam vet and former Black Panther.”

In this day in age there are race issues. Black lives matter vs. all lives matter are topics in the daily news. This read addresses the issues in an honest, open way, paving the way for dialogue.

The story of Ta-Nehisi’s everyday life has been spread around campus; pick up a copy of this year’s common read and share!

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