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Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
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bookshelves: memoir, set-in-the-south

In this book the author tells about five young men - her brother and four of her friends - who died within five years of each other. It is a heart-breaking look at the ways poverty, racism, and politics have destroyed opportunity and hope among generations of black people in the Deep South. While each of the young men died due to different circumstances, there is a prevailing sense of hopelessness that seems to color all of their lives. As I read this book, I just kept wondering what might have made a difference for these boys? What could they have accomplished in their lives if they'd been offered opportunities or had ever been encouraged and been made to feel that their lives had value? This isn't an easy read - it exposes a reality that is often hard to acknowledge - but it does shine a light on a situation that is largely ignored in this country.
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Reading Progress

July 18, 2013 – Shelved
July 18, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
August 21, 2013 – Started Reading
August 21, 2013 – Shelved as: memoir
August 21, 2013 – Shelved as: set-in-the-south
August 22, 2013 – Finished Reading

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