Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania have chosen Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle for their 2013 Common Reading Program. The book is an eloquently written coming of age story about violence, education and family during Baltimore’s Age of Crack. Coates navigates his fathers’ attempts to carry his seven sons out of the inner-city—and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former staff writer at The Village Voice and Time and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic.
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