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The Beautiful Struggle

A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Beautiful Struggle
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  • Hardcover: May 2008,
    240 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2009,
    240 pages.

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Stacey Brownlie

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Memoir. An exceptional father-son story about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us

The color of one's skin is irrelevant. We're all the same. America is striated with cultures, but they are, in the end, combined in the "melting pot." I have always believed, without hesitation or effort, that these statements and the ideas behind them are true. Blissful innocence? Perhaps. Is there anything wrong with these ideas? Maybe not. But are they realistic - are they possible amidst the intricacy of human families and their individual and collective histories and cultures? After reading Ta-Nehisi Coates's memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, I can not be sure that my own breezy confidence in the sameness of us all was not in some part a poor substitute for a more rational understanding of our multicultural nation.

In the interest of full disclosure, I feel compelled to reveal that I am white, female and ...

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