• 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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    Same Kind of Different As Me

    I’m a self-proclaimed Book Nerd. Capital B capital N. On any given day, I have around five rotating books on my nightstand: the Bible, and usually one nonfiction (perhaps about the brain or food), at least one on writing (like Strunk & White’s The Element of Style), and a couple of novels (usually what we’re reading in book club). I’ve found some of my favorite books through recommendations from friends, and so I want to pass on these insights to you, my friend. This month I recommend SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, a true story by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Both of the book clubs I’m in read…