Ta-Nehisi-Coates-595×320-Nina-Subin

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Baltimore-born author of The Beautiful Struggle, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issue, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes much of his personal credo from Barack Obama, who said during his 2004 presidential run, “I’m rooted in the black community, but I’m not limited by it.”

Below are Ta-Nehisi Coates’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.

$168.09 BUY ENTIRE BOOK COLLECTION
1

The Fire Next Time × 1

James Baldwin
Basically the fines essay I've ever read. It's technically two essays but it feels like one. Baldwin refused to hold anyone's hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.
$13.00
Add to cart
2

The Great Gatsby × 1

F.Scott Fitzgerald
I'm a sucker for efficiency. This book gets so much out of what is, ultimately, a rather slim story. I adore it.
$16.00
Add to cart
3

Postwar × 1

Tony Judt
A book that deeply informs my journalist sense. Writers-particularly American writers-constantly feel the pull of soulutionism, the desire to assure their readers that there is a way out, even when there isn't. Judt refused this. History, he understood, does not exist to comfort us.
$23.00
Add to cart
4

The Waterworks × 1

E.L. Doctorow
What a strange and beautiful book. The story of a postbellum American newspaper editor investigating the undead. Doctorow's most underrated work.
$15.00
Add to cart
5

Battlecry of Freedom × 1

James McPherson
The definitive history of the Civil War. One of the greatest works of history I've ever read and arguably the best one volume history in existence. Having said that…
$26.70
Add to cart
6

The Thirty Years War × 1

C.V.Wedgwood
God, I love this book. It's the history of an utterly depressing war with no real nobility, that ultimately descends into cannibalism. Right up my alley.
$19.95
Add to cart
7

Sweet Soul Music × 1

Peter Gurulnick
History of soul music, told in profiles. I read this is as young man really trying to understand what journalism and history meant. Spent a lot of time meditating on Sam and Dave after this one.
$19.00
Add to cart
8

Neon Vernacular × 1

Yusef Komanyakaa
Probably my favorite living poet. No on else taught me more about how important it was to think about how words make people feel. It's enough for people to know something is true. They have to feel it's true.
$17.95
Add to cart
9

The Age of Innocence × 1

Edith Wharton
Again, I like this book for its willingness to embrace the tragic. No happy endings. The book is a defense of elitism, something I guess I oppose. But I found it credible, here.
$4.50
Add to cart
10

The Country Between Us × 1

Carolyn Forché
Another book of poetry that taught me what the form was. Forché has a beautiful sense of rhythm. I teach her famous poem "The Colonel" in essay and nonfiction classes. It's all about what you don't say.
$12.99
Add to cart