February Book Club
Join the book club for a discussion of Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.
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Join us as we discuss Men We Reaped
by Jesmyn Ward. New members are always welcome -- just read the book and show up for the discussion!
NOTE: You can join fellow alumni and friends at a special event with Jesmyn Ward on Monday, February 9, as she discusses Men We Reaped. Find out more.
This memoir confronts the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Men We Reaped is a beautiful and painful homage to Ward’s past, her ghosts, and the haunted yet hopeful place she still calls home.
Jesmyn Ward, who won a National Book Award in 2011 for her novel Salvage the Bones, grew up in rural Mississippi. Ward received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood Awards for her fiction, essays, and drama. She held a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University from 2008-2010, and served as the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi during the following year. Ward currently teaches creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.