Books Honored with The Kirkus Prize
First awarded in 2014, The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 86 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earn the Kirkus Star are automatically nominated for the Kirkus Prize. The Kirkus Prize judges select three winners each year in October. Below are books written by writers of African descent.
One Book Honored with The Kirkus Prize in 2015
Winner - Nonfiction
Between The World And Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- A Top 10 Book in the “Nonfiction Books from the 21st Century” Category
- 10 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Selected for 2 Book Clubs’s Reading Lists
- Kirkus Prize Finalist/Winner 2015
- An NAACP Image Award Honored Book
- A New York Times Notable Book for 2015
Publication Date: Jul 01, 2015
List Price: $26.00
Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Imprint: Spiegel & Grau
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.