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Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates ( TAH-nə-HAH-see; born September 30, 1975) is an American author, journalist, and activist. He gained a wide readership during his time as national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social, and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy.Coates has worked for The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, and Time. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, O, and other publications. He has published three non-fiction books: The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, and We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Between the World and Me won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He has also written a Black Panther series and a Captain America series for Marvel Comics. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was published in 2019. In 2015 he received a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Early life Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, William Paul Coates (known by his middle name), was a Vietnam War veteran, former Black Panther, publisher, and librarian. His mother, Cheryl Lynn Coates (née Waters), was a teacher. Coates's father founded and ran Black Classic Press, a publishing company specializing in African-American titles. The Press grew out of a grassroots organization, the George Jackson Prison Movement (GJPM), which initially operated a Black bookstore called the Black Book. Later, Black Classic Press was established with a table-top printing press in the basement of the Coates family home.Coates's father had seven children, five boys and two girls, by four women. Coates's father's first wife had three children, Coates's mother had two boys, and the other two women each had a child. The children were raised together in a close-knit family; most lived with their mothers and at times lived with their father. Coates has said that he lived with his father for the entirety of his upbringing, and that, in his family, the important overarching focus was on rearing children with values based on family, respect for elders and being a contribution to your community, an approach to family that was common in the community where he grew up. Coates grew up in the Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore during the crack epidemic.Coates's interest in literature was instilled at an early age when his mother, in response to bad behavior, would require him to write essays. His father's work with the Black Classic Press was a huge influence. Coates has said that he read many of the books his father published. Coates attended a number of Baltimore-area schools, including William H. Lemmel Middle School and the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, before graduating from Woodlawn High School. He attended Howard University, leaving after five years to start a career in journalism. He is the only child in his family without a college degree. In mid-2014, Coates attended an intensive program in French at Middlebury College to prepare for a writing fellowship in Paris, France.Career Journalism Coates's first journalism job was as a reporter at The Washington City Paper; his editor was David Carr. From 2000 to 2007, Coates worked as a journalist with various publications, including Philadelphia Weekly, The Village Voice, and Time. His first article for The Atlantic, "This Is How We Lost to the White Man", about Bill Cosby and conservatism, started a new, more successful and stable phase of his career. The article led to an appointment with a regular column for The Atlantic, a blog that was popular, influential, and had a high level of community engagement.Coates became a senior editor at The Atlantic, for which he wrote feature articles as well as maintaining his blog. Topics covered by the blog included politics, history, race, culture as well as sports, and music. His writings on race, such as his September 2012 The Atlantic cover piece "Fear of a Black President" and his June 2014 feature "The Case for Reparations", have been especially praised, and won his blog a place on the Best Blogs of 2011 list by Time magazine and the 2012 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism from The Sidney Hillman Foundation. His blog has been praised for its engaging comments section, which Coates curates and moderates heavily so that "the jerks are invited to leave [and] the grown-ups to stay and chime in." In discussing The Atlantic article on "The Case for Reparations", Coates said he had worked on it for almost two years. He had read Rutgers University professor Beryl Satter's book, Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America, a history of redlining that included a discussion of the grassroots organization the Contract Buyers League, of which Clyde Ross was one of the leaders. The focus of the article was not so much on reparations for slavery, but was instead a focus on the institutional racism of housing discrimination.Coates has worked as a guest columnist for The New York Times, having turned down an offer from them to become a regular columnist. He has written for The Washington Post, the Washington Monthly, and O magazine.Coates left his position as a national correspondent for The Atlantic in July 2018 after a decade with the magazine. In a memo to the staff, the editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, said: "The last few years for him have been years of significant changes. He's told me that he would like to take some time to reflect on these changes, and to figure out the best path forward, both as a person and as a writer." Author The Beautiful Struggle In 2008, Coates published The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir about coming of age in West Baltimore and its effect on him. In the book, he discusses the influence of his father W. Paul Coates, a former Black Panther; the prevailing street crime of the era and its effects on his older brother; his own troubled experience attending Baltimore-area schools; and his eventual graduation and enrollment in Howard University. The lack of interpersonal skills and the complexity of Coates's father figure in the book sheds light on a world of absentee fathers. As Rich Benjamin states in a September 2016 article in The Guardian, "Fatherhood is a vexed topic, particularly so for an author such as Coates" and continues with "The Beautiful Struggle makes an enduring genre cliche—the father-son relationship—unexpected and new, as well as offering a vital insight into Coates's coming of age as a man and thinker." Between the World and Me Coates's second book, Between the World and Me, was published in July 2015. The title is drawn from a Richard Wright poem of the same name about a black man discovering the site of a lynching and becoming incapacitated with fear, creating a barrier between himself and the world. Coates said that one of the origins of the book was the death of a college friend, Prince Carmen Jones Jr., who was shot by police in a case o.... Discover the Ta Nehisi Coates popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Ta Nehisi Coates books.

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  • Heavy synopsis, comments


    Kiese Laymon

    Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Pos...

  • Let Love Have the Last Word synopsis, comments

    Let Love Have the Last Word


    “An insightful memoir that uncovers unique stories about matters of the heart.” EssenceThe inspiring New York Times bestseller from Commonthe Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Golde...

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    Thinking the Twentieth Century

    Tony Judt & Timothy Snyder

    “An intellectual feast, learned, lucid, challenging and accessible.” San Francisco Chronicle“Ideas crackle” in this triumphant final book of Tony Judt, taking readers on “a wi...

  • The Humanity Archive synopsis, comments

    The Humanity Archive

    Jermaine Fowler

    This sweeping survey of Black history shows how Black humanity has been erased and how its recovery can save the humanity of us all.Using history as a foundation, The Hum...

  • What We Keep synopsis, comments

    What We Keep

    Bill Shapiro & Naomi Wax

    With contributions from Cheryl Strayed, Mark Cuban, TaNahesi Coates, Melinda Gates, Joss Whedon, James Patterson, and many more this fascinating collection gives us a peek into 15...

  • How We Fight White Supremacy synopsis, comments

    How We Fight White Supremacy

    Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin

    This celebration of Black resistance, from protests to art to sermons to joy, offers a blueprint for the fight for freedom and justice and ideas for how each of us can contribute ...

  • My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man. synopsis, comments

    My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man.

    Kevin Powell

    Written in the tradition of works by Joan Didion, bell hooks, Toni Morrison, and Eve Ensler, this “profoundly insightful and brilliantly inciting” (Dominique Morisseau, Obie Awardw...

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    The Underground Railroad Records

    William Still, Ta-Nehisi Coates & Quincy T. Mills

    A riveting collection of the hardships, hairbreadth escapes, and mortal struggles of enslaved people seeking freedom: These are the true stories of the Underground Railroad.Featuri...

  • We Were Eight Years in Power synopsis, comments

    We Were Eight Years in Power

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    In this “urgently relevant” collection featuring the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations,” the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “r...

  • The Water Dancer synopsis, comments

    The Water Dancer

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a...

  • The Emergency synopsis, comments

    The Emergency

    Thomas Fisher

    The riveting, pulsepounding story of a year in the life of an emergency room doctor trying to steer his patients and colleagues through a crushing pandemic and a violent summer, am...

  • The American Crisis synopsis, comments

    The American Crisis

    Writers of The Atlantic

    Some of America’s best reporters and thinkers offer an urgent look at a country in chaos in this collection of timely, often prophetic articles from The Atlantic. The past four yea...

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    Captain America By Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 2 Collection

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Collects Captain America (2018) #1330. Acclaimed author TaNehisi Coates concludes his examination of the Sentinel of Liberty's place in modernday America! Framed for a crime he did...

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    Dispatches from Pluto

    Richard Grant

    In Dispatches from Pluto, adventure writer Richard Grant takes on “the most American place on Earth”the enigmatic, beautiful, often derided Mississippi Delta.Richard Grant and his ...

  • The Washington Book synopsis, comments

    The Washington Book

    Carlos Lozada

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning opinion columnist at The New York Times explores how people in power reveal themselves through their books and writings and, in so doing, illuminates the...

  • The Beautiful Struggle synopsis, comments

    The Beautiful Struggle

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    An exceptional fatherson story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain u...

  • The Souls of Black Folk synopsis, comments

    The Souls of Black Folk

    W.E.B. Dubois

    Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentaryeach book includes educational tools alongside the text, en...

  • The Conversation synopsis, comments

    The Conversation

    Robert Livingston

    A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR An essential tool for individuals, organizations, and communities of all sizes to jumpstart dialogue on racism and bias and to transform we...

  • The Memory Chalet synopsis, comments

    The Memory Chalet

    Tony Judt

    A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year“[A] tremendously moving memorial to a firstclass historian and essayist . . . humane, fearless, unsparingly honest.” The ...

  • We Speak for Ourselves synopsis, comments

    We Speak for Ourselves

    D. Watkins

    From the row houses of Baltimore to the stoops of Brooklyn, the New York Times bestselling author of The Cook Up lays bare the voices of the most vulnerable and allows their storie...

  • Long Time Coming synopsis, comments

    Long Time Coming

    Michael Eric Dyson

    AN INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLERThis edition includes illustrations by Everett DysonFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America t...

  • Long Division synopsis, comments

    Long Division

    Kiese Laymon

    Winner of the NAACP Image Award for FictionFrom Kiese Laymon, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Heavy, comes a “funny, astute, searching” (The Wall Street Journal) debut no...

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    Brown Enough

    Christopher Rivas

    At a time when disinformation, hate crimes, inequality, racial injustice, and white supremacy are on the rise, Brown Enough, part memoir and part social commentary, emerges, a...

  • Seen and Unseen synopsis, comments

    Seen and Unseen

    Marc Lamont Hill & Todd Brewster

    A riveting exploration of how visual media has shifted the narrative on race and reignited the push towards justice by the author of the “worthy and necessary” (The New York Times)...

  • Captain America By Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1 Collection synopsis, comments

    Captain America By Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1 Collection

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Collects Captain America (2018) #112 and material from Free Comic Book Day 2018 (Avengers/Captain America) #1. Acclaimed BLACK PANTHER scribe TaNehisi Coates takes on the Sentinel ...

  • Black Brother, Black Brother synopsis, comments

    Black Brother, Black Brother

    Jewell Parker Rhodes

    A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!From awardwinning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful comingofage story about two brothers, one who present...

  • The Family Tree synopsis, comments

    The Family Tree

    Karen Branan

    In the tradition of Slaves in the Family, the provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912written by the greatgranddaughter of the sher...

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    Ghost Boys

    Jewell Parker Rhodes

    A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from awardwinning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. Only the livin...

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    The Ride of a Lifetime

    Robert Iger

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A memoir of leadership and success: The CEO of Disney shares the ideas and values he embraced while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved c...

  • Black Panther By Ta-Nehisi Coates synopsis, comments

    Black Panther By Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Collects Black Panther (2018) #112. A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has protected Wakanda from all invaders. Now, he will discover that his kingdom ...

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    A More Just Future

    Dolly Chugh

    In the vein of Think Again and Do Better, a revolutionary, “welcome, and urgent invitation” (Angela Duckworth, #1 New York Times bestselling author) to explore the emotional relati...

  • How We Fight for Our Lives synopsis, comments

    How We Fight for Our Lives

    Saeed Jones

    From awardwinning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Liveswinner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Awardis a “moving, bracingly honest memoir” (The New York Times Book...

  • What Were We Thinking synopsis, comments

    What Were We Thinking

    Carlos Lozada

    In this “crisp, engaging, and very smart” (The New York Times Book Review) work, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic digs into books of the Trump era and finds...

  • Them synopsis, comments


    Nathan McCall

    From the “mesmerizing storyteller” (The New Yorker) and author of the bestselling memoir Makes Me Wanna Holler presents a profound novelin the tradition of Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire ...

  • Life Will Be the Death of Me synopsis, comments

    Life Will Be the Death of Me

    Chelsea Handler

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  “This will be one of your favorite books of all time. Through her intensely vulnerable, honest, and hilarious reflections, Chelsea shows us more ...