Coates writes beautifully and powerfully in this account about what it means to be a black man in America. Written as a letter to his son, the author deftly tackles the issue of race in a poetic and moving piece of work unlike anything I’ve read. Coates pores through memories of his own life and experiences as a black man to try and understand the problems still faced by the black community, the problems his son will face. While this is a look at race in America, Canadians will benefit from Coates’ lyrical examination of an issue that affects us all. A must-read title, especially in light of current events.
Jessica (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)