To curb any depression that has been sneaking in occasionally during the pandemic, I have taken to walking in the morning. I joined my public library book club but found it difficult to find the time to sit down and read while I was already struggling to do the same for my own books. One of the librarians mentioned that she walks and listens to the audiobook. So, I tried audiobooks in the car but apparently I cannot pay enough attention to both the road and the book.
So, instead, books accompany me on walks. It’s a nice way to drown out the traffic noises on Long Island. The Libby algorithm was in my favor when I searched for audiobooks available. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me was the first title to pop on the list. Now, this book has been out for five years, during my “grad school” period of not reading. However, this book has gained popularity or at least came back to everyone’s radar recently with the Black Live Matter movements marching across the streets.
I cannot recommend this book enough especially the audiobook narrated by Coates. I don’t read much nonfiction, however, this is unlike any nonfiction. Toni Morrison praised the book. Well, if Morrison loved it, I don’t see why the rest of us won’t!
Coates’s book is a letter to his teenage son with an underlining theme of the black body throughout history. Coates writes about national history and events through the stories of his life and memory. And as any person recalling memories to make sense of the world, Coates expresses his confusion and continuing process to makes sense of his attitude and actions. He does not sugar coat his stories or opinions for his son nor the readers.
For drink pairings, I would pair this with a cold brew coffee. A refreshing and caffeinated drink to keep you cool these last few weeks of summer while awake during the long days of remote work.