Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

by Jesmyn Ward
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The Men We Reaped: A Memoir 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jesmyn Ward writes a powerful story. She tells of the losses (one after another) of relatives and friends. The 5 men she accounts for are all from poverty. Some are drug addicts. She does a fine job describing her loss and theorizing why is wasn't just bad luck that these losses occurred. I applaud Ms. Ward on a stunning memoir that will stick with me for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Ward has done an amazing job of eloquently presenting her world, the world in which young people full of potential lose hope and lose their lives because not much has changed in terms of the way that African American, and specifically poor African American men and women are treated in the South. Immersive, powerful, gripping, and highly recommended. Ms. Ward, I HEAR YOU. Amazing. Leave your cynicism behind and allow the power of this work to speak to you.
danell More than 1 year ago
I read Jesmyn Ward's first book and enjoyed it so much I was eager to read this one. Was I ever disappointed. I did not even make it through the first chapter. Maybe at a later date I will decide to open it back up and try to finish it but as for right now, I do not think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She very vividly presents her community. But as someone who lives in MS and works in an alternative school where young black men are the majority of our students, I question her analysis that the deaths of the 3 black young men (I haven't finished the entire book yet) are primarily the result of the racist environment they inhabit. Children learn what they live and it's next to impossible to replace that learning with something else when they are older. In our program we find that if students get clean and sober, most of the other obstacles they face become manageable. In MS if you do some type of forced intervention with these very troubled young men, you're racist with no regard for their culture and if you don't try to intervene you're part of a racist system that just doesn't care about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ward does a wonderful job telling the story of a place I have seen but don't understand. In her memoir she mentions an old friend telling her how glad she is that Ward is giving voice to this community. Like Ward's old friend, I appreciate that someone can tell the story of this complicated community so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story started okay and tried to make me think. In the end was just the same complaining that gives blacks a poor name. I can identify with the author, but I do not feel this was a good book. It's sad and tragic, not entertaining or even interesting.