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Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel Salvage the Bones, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the day of the cyclone, and the day after.

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Jesmyn Ward's new novel summons the ghosts of Mississippi's past
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'This is when I became a reading glutton. I loitered in the library'. ~ Jesmyn Ward . .
Halfway through Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing and *** is it good. A well-deserved spot on this list.
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Wonderful review of a wonderful book! Review of Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward via
Jesmyn Ward, Daniel Alarcón and Carol Zoref make the National Book Award longlist for fiction
Only time for one author talk today. Jesmyn Ward in convo w Ron Charles abt SING UNBURIED, SING.
Andrea Lee, ZZ Packer, Danielle Evans, NK Jemisin, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Jesmyn Ward. How don't they make your lists?
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I have also been recommended Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, as well as Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.
Delighted to have received ARC of the promising Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward from Scribner. Big thanks to
I am starting The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward today.
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Currently reading The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward...great book about different aspects of African-American experi…
But! going off The Underground Railroad, I'm going to tell you to read Men We Reaped and/or Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.
"The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin and "The Fire This Time" a collection of works edited by Jesmyn Ward.
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> That's how I feel about not having ARCs of Jesmyn Ward's latest. I mean, we DESERVE these early reads.
loved it. You can get the book, too. Plus Jesmyn Ward's companion to Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, The Fire This Time
I saw this list earlier. So many woman who write beautiful sentences! Jesmyn Ward, Celeste Ng. And so many I've yet to read.
Finally picked up The Fire This Time x Jesmyn Ward and also this month's Atlanta magazine. I love the cover
2017 will bring new books from George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid and Jesmyn Ward, among others
85% done with Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
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As I advised a friend tonight, read it along with The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward, and Ta-Nehisi Coates's The Case for Reparations
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"The Fire This Time" by Jesmyn Ward. Thoughtful read for a rainy day.
5 of 5 stars to Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Cracking the Code by Jesmyn Ward is one of the best pieces of writing ive ever read.
"I couldn't dull the edges and fall in love with my characters and spare them. Life doesn't spare us." . -Jesmyn Ward (Salvage The Bones)
THE FIRE THIS TIME by Jesmyn Ward available to Providence Athenæum members as an eBook!
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Pick of the Week! The Fire this Time edited by Jesmyn Ward
Woke up early, read the upcoming Jesmyn Ward for an hour or so, oof that is a book.
Oldies but goodies just outside your five-year clock are Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones and Justin Torres's We The Animals
Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped is one of the most essential and beautiful books i have ever read. i recommend it without reservation.
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I am SO looking forward to seeing the words across the screen, "Based on the novel by Jesmyn Ward." GAH! Can you feel the LOVE! 😩
"now we pick at the house like mostly eaten leftovers..." - Jesmyn Ward's SALVAGE THE BONES
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“They would make a world that reflected back to them the richness of their heritage,” author Jesmyn Ward reflects.
Congrats to prof Jesmyn Ward on being named one of Southern Living's "Innovators Changing the South."
“In the end, our lives are our deaths. Instinctively C.J. knew this. I have no words.” – Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Really good so far. 25% through it
When I read 'Absalom, Absalom!,' I remember being really excited about it a...
Moving except of Jesmyn Ward's memoir. Thanks for the tip.
On page 88 of 258 of Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward: Girl, you've gotta tell someone s...
Writer will read from and discuss her memoir, Men We Reaped, on Sun., 10 April at the |
It infuriates me that the work of white American writers can be universal a...
my top to-read memoirs:. Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward | Negroland, by Margo Jefferson | Violence Girl, by Alice Bag
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"'I only dream of him as a child,' my mother says. 'He’s always my little boy.' This is grief." Jesmyn Ward, "Men We Reaped." P243
“Grief doesn’t fade. Grief scabs over like my scars and pulls into new, painful configurations as it knits." Jesmyn Ward.
.invited me to write for her anthology THE FIRE THIS TIME a tribute to Baldwin and I *** near choked lol
You know what? Jesmyn Ward's writing is always 💯. I started rereading Men We Reaped last night... Still. Great.
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Read this, and read everything written by Jesmyn Ward. Still haunted by "Men We Reaped" and "Salvage the Bones"
Jesmyn Ward to keynote at U.S. Politics of Health in the South conference hosted by MHS, March 17-18.
just finished "Men We Resped" by Jesmyn Ward. I wish I could articulate how important her work is, but I'm completely gutted.
Love that people are connecting Jesmyn Ward's writing to Everyone should read Men We Reaped + Salvage the Bones.
Yesterday I: read Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, watched Spotlight, and took in Formation. Today I: have a Feelings hangover.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, Leanita McClain's essay collection
Aren't we all, hehe. I just finished Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones (2011), for ex. Impossible to keep up w everything
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Ward and Haslett receive $200,000: Award winning authors Jesmyn Ward and Adam Haslett will be getting some extra…
When I look back on my reading habits when I was really young, I was really draw...
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Voting ended in a tie for my next book. I'm choosing Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. Also, boozy butterbeer is happening. Again.
Melinda is also excited to present SALVAGE THE BONES, the National Book Award Winner by Jesmyn Ward!
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Looking forward to start this month's bookclub read Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Jesmyn Ward is…
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward | her family’s tale of heartbreak has even more profound repercussions,
4 of 5 stars to Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
And why did I read her name as Jesmyn Ward and get super confused?
Discussion Luncheon with Jesmyn Ward - Presented by the Tulane Reading Project @ 12:30 PM in Cudd Hall, Room 203
Writing for a Broken World: An Evening with Edwidge Danticat (First Readings 2010) and Jesmyn Ward .
For anyone in Providence, RI on Nov 19 at 6pm: Writing for a Broken World: with Edwidge Danticat & Jesmyn Ward
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Made me cry on metro this morning.
5 more days to kickstart Annual, Vol. 2, which will include Masha Gessen & Jesmyn Ward originals:
I love Jesmyn Ward. She's so so good.
Need another reason to snag the Guernica Annual? The brilliant Jesmyn Ward will be writing the foreward.
Oh hey there, did you need another reason to Kickstart Guernica and get the Annual? Well here's one: Jesmyn Ward is writing the foreward.
Tulane University - Jesmyn Ward on writing and resilience
Missed Jesmyn Ward last night at Tulane but family comes first. Hoping it was recorded. Read Men We Reaped in 2 days. Worth a look.
Jesmyn Ward: "Devaluation of black lives expressed" in deaths and also "in unfulfilled, painful lives." @
Jesmyn Ward: I put off writing the book out of respect for my mother. She wasn't happy about it. But we came to terms eventually.
Jesmyn Ward: I hate that it's commonplace for me to receive calls whenever a black person is killed. Devaluation of black lives is the cause
Jesmyn Ward: I don't read any reviews. Writing is hard work, and I do the best that I can as the writer I am at the time.
Jesmyn Ward: I have to bear witness and be committed to the truth. I can't flinch.
Jesmyn Ward: difficult life experiences helped me write what I write. Without them, I'd be doing sci fi probably.
Many, many students and community members showed up for Jesmyn Ward tonight.
Jesmyn Ward lecture at Tulane. She spoke about how place creates character.
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Kylene and Bradley Beers Lecture with Jesmyn Ward, author of 'Men We Reaped' tonight @ 6:30 PM in Dixon Hall .
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Jesmyn Ward at Tulane and more things to do in New Orleans Tuesday
Just bought "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward and "The 12 Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis to read while I'm here. Any reviews?
Happyto Jesmyn Ward for writing Salvage the Bones. A family's struggle during Katrina
"I feel like the kind of people I write about are the kind..".
Only 10 days before our Black History Month Reading Club discussion of Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones! Have you...
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The Light Between Oceans, by ML Stedman! Or The Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward. My favorite novel and nonfiction of 2014!
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March 10 is Book Club so mark those calendars! We will be discussing "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward.
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Beautiful day running around the city for the festival. Patti Smith, Jesmyn Ward, and Darrell Jones are my obvious heroes.
We are really excited for this event tomorrow with Jesmyn Ward and Natasha Trethewey!...
It's called Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward. I just can't get into it, but it won the National Book Award.
17 Incredible Epigraphs That Prove You Should Always Read The First Page As the middle-class reading public materialized in the middle of the eighteenth century, almost no self-respecting publication could do without an epigraph. Emerging readers knew the English but not necessarily the classical tradition; they needed a path, a map of literary culture. Here are 17 of the most memorable epigraphs: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward "We on our backs staring at the stars above, Talking about what we going to be when we grow up, I said what you wanna be? She said, 'Alive.'" -Outkast, "The Art of Storytellin' (Part 1)" Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion "I learned courage from Buddha, Jesus, Lincoln, Einstein, and Cary Grant." -Miss Peggy Lee On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King "Honesty's the best policy." -Miguel Cervantes "Liars prosper." -Anonymous The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides "People would never fall in love if they hadn't heard love talked about." -Francois de La Rochefoucau ...
Just read Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. Astonishing. Learned so much about African-American experience, MIssissippi and creative nonfiction.
The American South issue, out today, includes this excellent interview by with Jesmyn Ward:. htt…
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Black American-southern woman writing about the aftermath of Katrina/pit bulls/poetry
Recommend Reads: Men We Reaped Memoir Impact of history, racism, poverty & economic power on our youth by Jesmyn Ward
"That's like comparing Toni Morrison and Bret Easton Ellis!" -on Jesmyn Ward vs. Allison Nutting
finished Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward and gave it 5 stars. Courageous and honest. Read it.
Just finished Jesmyn Ward's "Men We Reaped". May be the best book I've read in 2013. Sad, wrenching, important. Thanks
"I got to live with my brother again for the entire book." Jesmyn Ward | The Rumpus Interview via
In Jesmyn Ward’s memoir, “Men We Reaped,” she uses the downfall of others to tell her own story.
This weekend Elaine speaks with Jesmyn Ward about her new title, "Men We Reaped."
joy suggested I get Men We Reaped earlier today. It's by Jesmyn Ward the same author of Salvage the Bones
Tonight, 10/11 — Spend your Friday night with us! We're hosting the wonderful Jesmyn Ward (
In Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward recalls the deaths of five young men in her life.
Jesmyn Ward's 'Men We Reaped' is a tale of young men lost too soon
"Men We Reaped is Jesmyn Ward’s tribute to the memory of the brother, cousin, and and three friends that she lost...
Tune in This weekend for a literary journey through the American South. This week's titles range from family dramas to histories to comedies populated with characters only be found in the southlands. Elaine speaks with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.
Don't miss Jesmyn Ward's reading from Men We Reaped tonite! See you there.
Author event: Don't miss Jesmyn Ward tonight at as she reads from Men We Reaped her acclaimed memoir
Thanks to I'm Men We Reaped: a memoir by Jesmyn Ward. Excellent and recommended, so far.
Bad Memories: How do you write an accurate memoir without perpetuating stereotypes? Jesmyn Ward struggled with...
Jesmyn Ward discusses her searing memoir about 5 men, including her brother, who died violently in her hometown
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Things I love today: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I was almost late coming back from lunch because her descriptions were so vivid.
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Jesmyn Ward is one of the most important young voices in the American South. She is a recent winner of the...
Awesome authors stop by from time to time. Today Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones and just released Men We Reaped)...
Gr8, gr8 interview, by Kima Jones, of Jesmyn Ward. Depth, breadth, wealth. cc:
"I was scared of writing my father because I didn’t want him to become a flat character, a villain."
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"I knew it was going to come, but how do I not tell the truth about that?" on criticism of her memoir:
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Here's my review of Jesmyn Ward's memoir, Men We Reaped, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This is a beautiful essay about a sister losing her brother and more. No Mercy in Motion by Jesmyn Ward
smart women who awe me with their wisdom and insights: Deborah Brandt, Natasha Trethewey, and Jesmyn Ward. Trying to find the words to connect the dots and trace the connections I see between these three in a way that will make sense to someone other than me.
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Something for everyone this week! Jesmyn Ward and Alice McDermott at two separate offsites Tuesday, Gayle Forman in-store Wednesday followed by Maile Meloy Thursday. Here's a link to our website with all the details. Come out and support your indie bookstore!
Reading the new Jesmyn Ward memoir, "The Men We Reaped." Quite good. Ms. Ward is from Mississippi and only in her thirties. Her "post-post-segregation" coming of age in the deep south is a story that is thought-provoking, haunting, tragic, and a real eye-opener.
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A "must read" is, Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward. A brilliant insight into America's assault on the Black family.
Did you know that Jesmyn Ward, the 2011 National Book Award winning author, is coming to speak at RMC? The lecture is at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Fortin Education Center gymnasium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Ward’s “Salvage the Bones” was the selection for our Common Read for fall 2013.
Books by women this fall: LOVED Jesmyn Ward; looking forward to new Marianne Moore bio, Ann Patchett, Book of Jezebel...
Morning Bites: David Bowie’s Books, Jesmyn Ward, Dr. Strangelove Inspiration, and MoreBy Vol.1 Brooklyn On October 2, 2013 · Add Comment · In BitesDavid Bowie has great taste in books.Jesmyn Ward is the latest guest on the Bat Segundo Show.Elizabeth Gilbert talks with Slate.We’d like Sadie Stein to…
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LIVE welcomes back NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award finalist Jesmyn Ward, author of Where the Line Bleeds and the National Book Award-winner Salvage the Bones.
Project on the History of Black Writing explores Jesmyn Ward and The 2011 National Book Awards!
So what good books are you all reading these days? I'm about to dive off into "Men We Reaped" by Jesmyn Ward.
Dr. Cobb and Mr. Muhammad will be discussing this new book by Jesmyn Ward "Men We Reaped" that examines racism and economic struggle.
Jesmyn Ward will have a reading at the Pass Christian Library tomorrow September 25, 2013 at 6pm. Please come out and show your support.
A great review for in this Sunday's New York Times Book Review! . “Jesmyn Ward, a... htt…
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"Need some deep on race? Jesmyn Ward, Edwidge Danticat, I.Y. Lee, and Monica Potts feed your need:  "...
YWCA Greensboro’s parenting program, Healthy Beginnings, is a free book club. This year's reading is Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.
PHOTO GALLERY: National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and Leonard Pitts, Jr. at JSU --- --
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Natl Bk Award) gives an alternate and eyeopening perspective on Hurricane Katrina.
I know that many of my friends are readers, so I thought I'd share my reading list for my Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Literature class this fall at Clemson. See what all of you bibliophiles think? In recent semesters, my students were begging for more Twenty-First Century works, so that prompted the inclusion of "Salvage the Bones" and "Detroit." "Salvage the Bones" won last year's National Book Award for fiction, and "Detroit" is a play that deals with the Great Recession of the past four years. I also assign stories by Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, and four poems by South Carolina poet James Dickey. My department describes the course as one that stretches from the end of World War II until now. Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Café Sam Shepard, Buried Child Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems Lisa D’Amour, Detroit Gary Snyder, Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones Jack Kerouac, ...
The Harvard Square Book Circle, our in-store book club, will discuss Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award–winning novel, Salvage the Bones.
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Jesmyn Ward was at the tail end of summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. That harrowing experience inspired Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones. It won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction. It’s a rare depiction of ... Bonus T...
Reading 'Salvage The Bones' be Jesmyn Ward. Can't put it down. Intense, savage, powerful ... No wonder it won the USA National Book Award.
Toni Morrison's "Home" was a quick read... about to start book of this week, "Salvage The Bones" by Jesmyn Ward
Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for the novel “Salvage the Bones,” about a poor African American family whose rural Mississippi home stands in the path of Hurricane Katri...
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