Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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A memoir that examines rural poverty and the lingering strains of racism in the South by the author of Salvage the bones.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608195213
Branch Call Number: 921 Ward
Description: 258 pages ; 22 cm


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Jesmyn Ward explores the dangers of being a black man in the rural South.

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OPL_AnnaW Dec 20, 2019

Ward shares the stories of young men in her life who have died too soon. Powerful and important, this book will open your eyes to the black male experience in America today.

Dec 05, 2019

The book is made up of two timelines going in opposite directions and meeting in the middle. Written in alternating sections, one timeline proceeds in a fairly straightforward memoir style through Ward’s early life, while the other works backward through a time in her life in which five young men in her life died in quick succession. The timelines meet in the middle, and Ward’s skill is evident simply in the fact that the structure isn’t confusing. Instead, the two timelines contextualize and reinforce each other, supported by the vivid imagery and lyrical sentences. Ward’s account of growing up poor, Black, and Southern is haunting, as she takes the reader deep with her into both her connection with place and community and into her grief.

Mar 26, 2019

". . .and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped."-Harriet Tubman
A powerful, searching, and emotionally raw memoir from the author of "Salvage the Bones" and "Sing, Unburied, Sing."

May 23, 2018

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PimaLib_HollyS Dec 27, 2017

From two time National Book Award winning author Jesmyn Ward comes a piercing and eloquent reflection of her poverty-stricken childhood in rural Mississippi. Alongside Ward's personal narrative, the book offers a broader exploration of the social conditions that have impacted and continue to impact poor and working class African Americas in the south. Equally heartfelt and heartbreaking, I devoured this powerful book. Ward's perspective offers much food for thought and provides a good launching point for discussion and introspection. I look forward to reading her novels.

Jun 01, 2015

My heart is close to Jesmyn Ward's struggle in too many ways to list here. We need to bring good manufacturing jobs back to this country to improve the lively hood of all people in this country, but especially the working poor whose only chance at a job are minimum wage jobs that won't provide for a persons needs much less a family's. Every person deserves to feel a sense of dignity. I only hope that Jesmyn will find God in her life to give her hope. Excellent story of black America today that I feel is representative of most poor black people in this country.

ArielaMigdal Dec 17, 2014

This is a devastating and beautiful book, showing how racism and poverty create loss.

Oct 03, 2014

Jesmyn Ward was interviewed by Eleanor Wachtel on the CBC Radio program "Writers & Company" on September 28, 2014. To listen to the hour-long interview, go to this program's web site, and browse for the episode date.

Feb 25, 2014

Thought the book was way over rated. It is slow moving and just not that interesting, sorry. I actually stopped reading about half way through the book. However, if you are from the deep south I could see how you may relate with a lot of the things the author writes about leading up to the death of her friends.

Feb 20, 2014

An original voice; disciplined and powerful. --David

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