An exceptional father-son story 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.
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Book Description Spiegel & Grau, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New Book. First Edition, First Printing (Full Number Line). NOT a remainder. NOT a book club edition. NOT price-clipped ($22.95 price intact). Published by Spiegel & Grau, 2008. Olive cloth over white boards with bright silver stamped spine lettering. Book is new; clean, tight, sharp corners, bright spine lettering. Dust jacket is new. No writing, highlighting, underlining, dog ears, etc. No rips or tears. Pages and boards crisp and straight. Spine un-broken with no spine lean. Book in un-read condition. A very fine collectible copy of Coate’s first book. Author of the landmark memoir “Between the World and Me”. Octavo. 227 pages. ISBN: 978-0-385-52036-2. 100% positive feedback. 30 day money back guarantee. NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Excellent customer service. Please email with any questions or if you would like a photo. All books packed carefully and ships with free delivery confirmation/tracking. All books come with free bookmarks. Ships from Southampton, New York. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1480871052698
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