• Sing Unburied Sing
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    Book Club Reads: A Review of Sing, Unburied, Sing

    Jesmyn Ward has laid forth another lyrical masterpiece with Sing, Unburied, Sing, winner of the National Book Award and a New York Times Top 10 Best Book of The Year. Ward weaves themes of poverty, race, home, death, family, and resilience into an American story perhaps some know all too well. We first encounter protagonist Jojo, a thirteen-year-old boy being raised by his grandparents, trying to be brave as he helps his Pop slaughter a goat. From the first sentence, “I like to think I know what death is,” Jojo’s inner conflict is set and the theme is addressed. Jojo’s white father is in prison and his black mother, the child of…

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    On Reading

    How old were you when you fell in love with books and all that comes with them? The endless worlds, the abyss of possibilities, the characters with their private, inner thoughts you too have once had. The smell of the pulp wafting up as you turn the pages. The recognition of a feeling, the realization of a new way of thinking. My mom gave me my love for reading. Every night, before we were reading chapter books ourselves, my sister and I looked forward to story time when we piled into our parents’ bed and Mom would read a chapter to us from the likes of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Roald…