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Tayari Jones

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Tayari Jones is an African American author and winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Born in 1970, she was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and educated at Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State University.

She started writing seriously at Spelman College, where she studied with Pearl Cleage, who published her first story, "Eugenics", in Catalyst magazine. Jones went on to University of Iowa where she worked toward a Ph.D. in English, but she left after completing her masters degree. She also studied at The University of Georgia where she worked with Kevin Young and Judith Ortiz Cofer. She left UGA to enroll in the MFA program at Arizona State University where she worked with Ron Carlson and Jewel...more


Henrico Country Public Library has chosen Silver Sparrow for the 2015 “All Henrico Reads,” a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. Group discussions of Silver Sparrow will be held at public libraries county-wide, culminating with a discussion with Jones on April 1, 2015.


Wednesday, April 1, 7-8:30 pm

(Doors open at 6:15 pm)

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Silver Sparrow
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Into the Go-Slow by Bridgett M. Davis
Into the Go-Slow
by Bridgett M. Davis
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This is the story of Angie, a young woman from Detroit who travels to Lagos, Nigeria to unravel the mystery of her sister's death. Let me tell you that I loved this book from top to bottom, left to right.

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This book was really hard to read. I really respect the writing, and also the character work. The people seemed so real, that they could bleed on you. And this is both the strength and the challenge of this novel. The people came to life and they wer...more
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Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson
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This is a really good book with a not-so-great-title (or cover.) I love coming of age stories and this one does not disappoint. Janie has a wonderful voice and the author is very brave with some of her point of view decisions. An infant narrating fro...more
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The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant
The Heaven of Animals: Stories
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I am now such a fan! This one isn’t out yet, but I managed to get my hot little hands on a review copy from NetGaley. The first story, Lizard Man, knocked. my. socks. off. Poisssant has a way of using premises that may make your roll your eyes, and t...more
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Lion Plays Rough by Lachlan Smith
Lion Plays Rough: A Leo Maxwell Mystery
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I really liked this book and I will certainly be following the series. (I don't think that I will read the first book because this one contains so many spoilers that I don't see the need.)

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“People say, That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But they are wrong. What doesn't kill you doesn't kill you. That's all you get. Sometimes, you just have to hope that's enough.”
Tayari Jones

“And this is how it started. Just with coffee and the exchange of their long stories. Love can be incremental. Predicaments, too. Coffee can start a life just as it can start a day. This was the meeting of two people who were destined to love from before they were born, from before they made choices that would complicate their lives. This love just rolled toward my mother as though she were standing at the bottom of a steep hill. Mother had no hand in this, only heart.”
Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow

“I knew by then that I would never have my mother back, not in the way I had known her all my life. When you have seen your mother shattered, there's no putting her back together. There will always be seams, chipped edges, and clumps of dried glue. Even if you could get her to where she looks the same, she will never be stronger than a cracked plate.”
Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow

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