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7 Sanctuaries

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  15 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It was a radical time, filled with promise, hope, and exciting new opportunities. It was a time when people made sure their voices were heard; they changed our world forever. It was thrilling and frightening and challenging. That time was the 1960s.

When facing times of tumultuous transformation, people often seek solace and comfort in safe havens—sanctuaries, if you will—
Paperback, 258 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Novel Voices Press (first published 19th 2012)
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30th out of 140 books — 132 voters
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Dec 04, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
This was an outstanding book, written by a very good friend of mine who grew up in a towm much like the Florida location of this book. Do you remember the racially-charged sixties? I was a bit too young, but I remember little pieces. I remember people using that bad N-word, and how hurtful it was, even to me, a white girl. I remember worrying about whether there might be racial conflict in my neighborhood, in my school.

Ben's book brings this difficult time to life, in a personal and inside way.
Jo Ann Bennett
May 01, 2013 Jo Ann Bennett rated it it was amazing
In his novel, 7 Sanctuaries, Ben Sharpton takes the reader back to a tumultuous time in American history that requires insight and empathy to fully grasp. The characters Sharpton creates are so clearly drawn that they allow the reader to embody …for a time…a perspective that he or she might never have adopted or understood , creating a lens through which one reacts to the events that shaped America during this turbulent time.
Sharpton describes the 1960’s as “a time of rampant change, threatenin
Feb 17, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing
Review of 7 Sanctuaries by Ben Sharpton
By Brian Heffron
January 31, 2013

In 7 Sanctuaries, Ben Sharpton explores the areas of human life where we all find comfort. Whether it is in Family, Business, Nature, School, Church, Athletics, or our home towns, Sharpton accurately and movingly portrays the places in life where the pain of life is eased and we can all exhale.

In fact, Sharpton through his exploration of each of these comfort zones, gives us an almost Faulkner like exposure to the small town
Lisa Johnson
Jan 27, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: 7 Sanctuaries
Author: Ben A. Sharpton
Pages: 266
Year: 2012
Publisher: Novel Voices Press
People choose to read or not read books for a variety of reasons. I am always looking out for authors that are new to me even if they aren’t new to the people who read my reviews. Ben Sharpton’s writing was new to me so when I was asked to review this novel, I accepted. The timeframe for the stories is the mid to late 1960s in a rural town in Florida. The theme is discovering the sanctuaries people seek
May 26, 2013 Jill rated it it was ok
Set in the 1960s and Springlake, Florida, the author recreates the turmoil of desegregation. It is a coming-of-age tale in seven settings: family, business, nature, school, church, the gym, and Springlake. Ten years of change in a small town is examined through a recurring cast of characters. Repetitive use of politically incorrect words, white supremacy turmoil, and racial interaction quickly undermines the impact of what sanctuaries are meant to be. Abrupt endings and twists leave readers tryi ...more
Julie Green
Sep 19, 2013 Julie Green rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I could not put it down once I started reading. Even though this book is fiction, it was very realistic in many ways. Ben A. Sharpton really stirs up emotions in this story line. Growing up in a small Southern town, I could relate to many of the conflicts Sharpton writes about between different races, integration in the schools and prejudices brought about from our changing times. Sharpton makes the reader visualize the characters, their lives and their community. He also brin ...more
Stacey Wakeley
May 12, 2015 Stacey Wakeley rated it it was ok
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I like the idea of this book - seven different perspectives of the same town during the civil rights era, each one could be a stand alone short story and they are all intertwined. Unfortunately, in this case, I did not like the execution of this idea. I'm glad it was short.
Dec 21, 2013 Michell rated it it was amazing
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I really thought I would not like this book. Boy, was I wrong. I loved it.

*First reads winner*
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