Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

A Memoir

Paperback - 2014
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Universally praised, Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped confirmed her ascendancy as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, her Southern requiem securing its place on bestseller and best books of the year lists, with honors and awards pouring in from around the country.

Jesmyn's memoir shines a light on the community she comes from, in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi, a place of quiet beauty and fierce attachment. Here, in the space of four years, she lost five young men dear to her, including her beloved brother-lost to drugs, accidents, murder, and suicide. Their deaths were seemingly unconnected, yet their lives had been connected, by identity and place, and as Jesmyn dealt with these losses, she came to a staggering truth: These young men died because of who they were and the place they were from, because certain disadvantages breed a certain kind of bad luck. Because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle. The agonizing reality commanded Jesmyn to write, at last, their true stories and her own.

Men We Reaped opens up a parallel universe, yet it points to problems whose roots are woven into the soil under all our feet. This indispensable American memoir is destined to become a classic.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
Edition: Paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781608197651
1608197654
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 21 cm

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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.

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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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