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The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans

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The Beautiful Darkness focuses on author Joshunda Sanders’ three-year journey of through loss, grief and solitude which led to reconciliation, forgiveness and, ultimately, healing.

Her candid memoir begins in 2010 with a phone call that informs her that her father has died by suicide. It is the first of many events that transform her life dramatically for the next three yea
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Paperback, 147 pages
Published October 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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P.J. O'Brien
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Most of us become orphans sooner or later. If we're lucky, it's very much later. But it can be hard to accept, no matter how inevitable it is.

In "The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans" author Joshunda Sanders looks back on parental relationships that are particularly challenging. Her mother's severe mental illness, largely untreated, resulted in a chaotic home life. Indeed, "home" really doesn't apply to their life of frequent evictions, temporary stays in shelters or with relatives, ti
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Stephanie
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading Joshunda Sanders's religion column at the Austin Statesman during the years she resided here, I was delighted to meet her at BookExpo 2017 and receive her indie-pub'd memoir, which released last year. The subtitle of her coming-of-age autobiography immediately appealed to me, and I learned from her that we were both only children. (I am biologically an only child, whereas Joshunda was raised as an only child).

After getting into her life story, I learned that we felt like orphans g
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Katie
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
3.8 Torn between 3 and 4. Important subject matter treated carefully and honestly. Much of the prose is excellently wrought. There are some mildly disjunctive transitions between ideas but overall fairly impressive and captivating.
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Joshunda Sanders is the author, most recently of The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans (2016) and How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why The Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color (2015). A journalist, educator and trained librarian, she is also a speaker and entrepreneur. She has also been a resident at Hedgebrook and VONA and is working on a novel. She li ...more