The Beautiful Struggle:

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut is an infectious, reflective memoir-a lyrical saga of surviving the crack-stricken streets of Baltimore in the '80s. Son of Vietnam vet and black awareness advocate Paul Coates-a poor man who set out to publish lost classics of black history-Ta- Nehisi drifts toward salvation at Howard University, while his ominous brother Big Bill finds his own rhythm hustling.

Author Biography

Ta-Nehisi Coates, American writer, journalist, and educator, is the award-winning author of the memoirs The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.com. Between the World and Me was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, the George Polk Award, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize, and a “Genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He is a national correspondent for the Atlantic.

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J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. The recipient of several audiobook awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013.

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