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The Men We Reaped

(2013)
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"We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped." (Harriet Tubman)

In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life - to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth - and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.

Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity.



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2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-4088-3048-5 / 978-1-4088-3048-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Men We Reaped (Thorndike Press Large Print African-American)
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-4104-6250-1 / 978-1-4104-6250-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-60819-521-X / 978-1-60819-521-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-4088-9872-1 / 978-1-4088-9872-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-60819-765-4 / 978-1-60819-765-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-4088-5112-1 / 978-1-4088-5112-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

January 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Men We Reaped
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
ISBN: 1-4906-0999-7 / 978-1-4906-0999-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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September 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Author(s): Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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