The Beautiful Struggle

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 0385526849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 8725


An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us. Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a wily tactician whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner-city adolescence—and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crack—and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free. Among his brood of seven, his main challenges were Ta-Nehisi, spacey and sensitive and almost comically miscalibrated for his environment, and Big Bill, charismatic and all-too-ready for the challenges of the streets. The Beautiful Struggle follows their divergent paths through this turbulent period, and their father’s steadfast efforts—assisted by mothers, teachers, and a body of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled present—to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction. With a remarkable ability to reimagine both the lost world of his father’s generation and the terrors and wonders of his own youth, Coates offers readers a small and beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond. Praise for The Beautiful Struggle “I grew up in a Maryland that lay years, miles and worlds away from the one whose summers and sorrows Ta-Nehisi Coates evokes in this memoir with such tenderness and science; and the greatest proof of the power of this work is the way that, reading it, I felt that time, distance and barriers of race and class meant nothing. That in telling his story he was telling my own story, for me.”—Michael Chabon, bestselling author of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay “Ta-Nehisi Coates is the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation.”—Walter Mosley

The Beautiful Struggle

Author: Kari Campbell

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 1480874345

Category: Poetry

Page: 126

View: 5807


“The words in this book are meant to heal; they are meant to affirm both me and you. These words are laced with and dripping with love. These words are freedom.” The Beautiful Struggle is one woman’s poetic odyssey through quiet turmoil, the search for true love, and ultimate revitalization through the art of writing. This book is a memoir filled with reflective prose and insightful poems about faith, love and light.

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 1984894048

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 5539


Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates. As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen by his father, Paul, as too sensitive and lacking focus. Paul Coates was a Vietnam vet who'd been part of the Black Panthers and was dedicated to reading and publishing the history of African civilization. When it came to his sons, he was committed to raising proud Black men equipped to deal with a racist society, during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived. Coates details with candor the challenges of dealing with his tough-love father, the influence of his mother, and the dynamics of his extended family, including his brother "Big Bill," who was on a very different path than Ta-Nehisi. Coates also tells of his struggles at school and with girls, making this a timely story to which many readers will relate.

The Beautiful Struggle

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

View: 1268


A memoir of growing up in the tough world of Baltimore in the 1980s chronicles the relationship between the author and his father, a Vietnam vet and Black Panther affiliate, and his campaign to keep his sons from falling victim to the temptations of the s

My Beautiful Struggle

Author: Jordan Bone

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409171531

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5418


A girl with her whole life ahead of her. A terrible accident. An inspiring story of triumph over trauma. Aged 15, Jordan was a happy-go-lucky girl; having fun with friends and loving life. In one fateful moment, everything changed. A car accident left her paralysed from the chest down and shocked her into deep depression. She was on the brink of giving up. But gradually Jordan realised there is hope beyond utter devastation, and life beyond disability. Painstakingly re-learning how to apply her beloved make-up, Jordan began to rebuild her sense of self and empowerment. Her body may have been broken but her spirit was not. She is now a successful beauty blogger and her journey of positivity inspires millions around the world. MY BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE is the incredible true story of how one young woman overcame immense challenges, of inner strength that lies beneath outer beauty, of how to believe in yourself and find the light when it feels like all hope is gone.

The Beautiful Struggle

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784785345

Category: Journalists

Page: 227

View: 1064


Powerfully evocative, Coates recalls life of struggle on the edge of chaos, and what is was like to be a young black man in desperate times.

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 1984894056

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 177

View: 2292


Adapted from the adult memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates. As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen by his father, Paul, as too sensitive and lacking focus. Paul Coates was a Vietnam vet who'd been part of the Black Panthers and was dedicated to reading and publishing the history of African civilization. When it came to his sons, he was committed to raising proud Black men equipped to deal with a racist society, during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived. Coates details with candor the challenges of dealing with his tough-love father, the influence of his mother, and the dynamics of his extended family, including his brother "Big Bill," who was on a very different path than Ta-Nehisi. Coates also tells of his family struggles at school and with girls, making this a timely story to which many readers will relate.

Summary of Ta-Nehisi Coates's The Beautiful Struggle

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 1669380718

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 21

View: 5949


Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was with my brother when we were surrounded by six to eight wrestlers. I did not understand what was happening, but I knew we were in trouble. I tried to follow Bill, but the banditry of Murphy Homes made them legendary. #2 I had to see the wrestlers live. But that meant going through my father, who only cared about his work. He worked seven days a week. I thought he was the pope, for he issued sweeping edicts like he had a line to God. #3 We lived in a row house in West Baltimore. My parents had three children, me, my two sisters, and Bill, the oldest. Bill was never scared. He had a bop that moved the crowd, and he turned all his younger siblings into warriors. #4 In the 1980s, crazy Chuckie threatened our neighborhood. When we lined up for five on five, every tackle he took personally. One night, Bill was sitting outside playing with Stevie’s G. I. Joe toys, when his dad told him the rings were fake.

Between the World of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Christianity

Author: David Evans,Peter Dula

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532619448

Category: Religion

Page: 126

View: 8880


Between the world of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Christianity there appears to be the widest difference. Coates’s brief comments on Christianity in his highly acclaimed Between the World and Me make clear that religious faith is alien to his own experience. Still, Christian audiences from congregations to theological schools engaged the text for its analysis of the state of race relations in the United States. In September 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates tweeted, "Best thing about #BetweenTheWorldAndMe is watching Christians engage the work. Serious learning experience for me." This volume takes that tweet as an invitation to theologians, ethicists, and religious studies scholars to engage the book, and as a challenge to do so in a way that is a learning experience for Coates, the authors, and readers.