Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home [NOOK Book]

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A dazzling and darkly comic memoir about coming of age in a black funeral home in Baltimore



Sheri Booker was only fifteen when she started working at Wylie Funeral Home in West Baltimore. She had no idea her summer job would become ...
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Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home

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Overview

A dazzling and darkly comic memoir about coming of age in a black funeral home in Baltimore



Sheri Booker was only fifteen when she started working at Wylie Funeral Home in West Baltimore. She had no idea her summer job would become nine years of immersion into a hidden world. Reeling from the death of her beloved great aunt, Sheri found comfort in the funeral home and soon had the run of the place. With AIDS and gang violence threatening to wipe out a generation of black men, Wylie was never short on business.



As families came together to bury one of their own, Booker was privy to their most intimate moments of grief and despair. But along with the sadness, Booker encountered moments of dark humor: brawls between mistresses and widows, and car crashes at McDonald’s with dead bodies in tow. While she never got over her terror of the embalming room, Booker learned to expect the unexpected and to never, ever cry. Nine Years Under offers readers an unbelievable glimpse into an industry in the backdrop of all our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Abigail Meisel
Booker's descriptions of her experiences of loss, dating and coming of age are interesting, but it's her revelations about the daily workings of a funeral home in a poor, urban setting that are transfixing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101621769
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 62,025
  • File size: 517 KB

Meet the Author

Sheri Booker is a writer, poet, spoken-word artist, photographer, and teacher. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, where she was runner-up for the program’s departmental award. She lives in Baltimore. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    I have to say I was part of the creation of this missive and She

    I have to say I was part of the creation of this missive and Sheri shoots straight from her soul about her life at Wylie. It was difficult for her to reveal as much as she did about her personal life but I believe that the lessons learned in this book about life, death and how to be yourself are invaluable for any reader.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    This book is simply amazing. Thank you Sheri for sharing your li

    This book is simply amazing. Thank you Sheri for sharing your life with the world.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    A Must Read!

    I absolutely loved this book! It was a page turner that kept me wanting more but I did not want it to end!! I read it too dern fast :) I am looking forward to the author's next body of work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    A good read!!!

    I really enjoyed the book. It actually gives you a glimpse of how a funeral really works. Normally we never get that far back in there. Written in a nice easy style that keeps you engaged thru out the whole book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Nine Years Under was a great read from beginning to end! It made

    Nine Years Under was a great read from beginning to end! It made me laugh, cry and nervous when reading certain parts. Sheri really bared it all. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    This book is amazing. Can't wait for the next one.

    This book is amazing. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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