The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates
This memoir is one of the richest, most inspirational books I’ve read in years. Which may be no surprise considering that National Book Award-winning Coates has been called “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation.”
With the intelligence, perception and beauty of a true literary masterpiece, Struggle describes Coates’s boyhood in Baltimore in an erudite, fascinating, radical family. Whether discussing the outsized role of his Black Panther father or the ways in which dreamy Ta-Nehisi wasn’t well equipped for the crack-addled Baltimore of the 80s—all while hinting at the great things awaiting our young protagonist—the book cloaks page-turning content in the most beautiful prose.
A copy of The Beautiful Struggle is included in the price of the Seminar and should be picked up at Kepler's (and read) prior to the meeting date.