Non-Fiction Book Club

Non-Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, February 28th
7pm - 8pm at Eso Won Bookstore
Mark Polak is the facilitator of our new Non-Fiction Book Club.  He has been attending our fiction book clubs for several years and is an avid reader.  He works for The Aerospace Corporation.  We welcome anyone who wishes to participate.  RSVPs are appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email

Our February non-fiction book club meeting, will be held offsite as a joint book club with the Eso Won Bookstore, an independent African-American bookstore located in the Crenshaw district.  We will be reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.   Eso Won also happens to be Ta-Nehisi Coates' favorite bookstore.

This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of race, a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates' attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Event date: 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

4327 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Between the World and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015