Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life--to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth--and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608195213
Branch Call Number: 921 W259
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm

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libraryjerri
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.

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Liber_vermis
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.

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Madreley
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.

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bigoz123
Jan 29, 2014

A great book. It provides a vivid description of the many ways that the lives of black men in the United States are compromised by forces beyond their control. But there is a nagging thought that personal responsibility has been totally lost in the telling of this story.

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misswindsor
Dec 03, 2013

A memoir from a woman who has lost 5 men in her life due to social conditions pertaining to poverty and racism. A social commentary that will stir you up. I thought this was very good.

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