Aug 24, 2021IntrovertReader rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Author Jesmyn Ward lost five young men, including her brother, within five years. In an effort to deal with her unimaginable grief, she wrote a memoir about her own life growing up Black and poor in Mississippi, as well as brief…Read moreRead more of this comment
Sep 30, 2020peacebenow rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I wasn't keen to finish this book as I felt it was just going to repeat itself again and again. I did become engaged half way through and found it educational based on Ward's personal experience and ability to describe the circumstances of…Read moreRead more of this comment
I hesitated at first.. Salvage the Bones was not a book I cared for but something about the description overcame my hesitation and I’m glad it did. Jesmyn writes so matter of fact that even things I don’t relate to become normalized…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 05, 2019kawidman rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 26, 2019lukasevansherman rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
". . .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."
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jun 01, 2015libraryjerri rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 17, 2014ArielaMigdal rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a devastating and beautiful book, showing how racism and poverty create loss.
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, 2014Madreley rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
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…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 29, 2014bigoz123 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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…Read moreRead more of this comment