American Classics II

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Main Library – Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm – This month’s selection is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In an open letter to his young son, Coates reflects further on his unlikely road to manhood and escape from the maw of America’s tradition of destroying the black body. Mixing memoir, discourse, and outcry, Coates details what it has meant and what it means to be a black male in America.

Convened by Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available from BCCLS.


Future dates and readings for American Classics II include:

  • December 1–The Bear by William Faulkner
  • January 5–Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost
  • February 2–Gilead by Marilynne, Robinson
  • March 2–Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • May 4–American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • June 1–Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver