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Here's another book review:

I usually love memoirs with their warm fuzzy endings, authors' bootstraps, etc. I did not love "Men We Reaped." Jesmyn Ward tells the stories of the deaths of five young Black men within four years in Mississippi and Louisiana; each was a friend or family member. It is difficult to follow the book's (and Ward's life's) chronology, as each tragedy is retold separately, building pain and hopelessness upon pain and hopelessness. The poverty and inequality in Ward's community are agonizing, relentless. No bootstraps here. No warm fuzzies. Still, in our post- Ferguson world, I'm glad I read this one. The truth is excruciating. The title is genius. The situation is grim.

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