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    • Sing, Unburied, Sing

    • A Novel
    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733

    In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 3.8 Stars

    • By kurdis teed on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Salvage the Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,137

    Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. Unfolding over 12 days, the story follows a poor family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on them, the Batistes struggle to maintain their community and familial bonds amid the storm and the stark poverty surrounding them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful With No Holds Barred

    • By Gillian on 03-31-14

    Regular price: $21.52

    • Men We Reaped

    • A Memoir
    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Felt so close to home

    • By chasidyCormier on 11-03-16

    Regular price: $21.52

    • Where the Line Bleeds

    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    A stunning debut novel from Jesmyn Ward, Where the Line Bleeds is a rich tale of twins raised by their grandmother in a stiflingly poor rural community on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Upon graduating from high school, growing tensions between brothers Joshua and Christophe test their loyalties—and a violent altercation forever changes their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Lexy Lou on 08-14-18

    Regular price: $25.86

    • The Fire This Time

    • A New Generation Speaks About Race
    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe, Michael Early, Kevin R. Free, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping-off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • strong voices, witness to our times

    • By Karen Johnston on 12-28-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Sing, Unburied, Sing

    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds. Jojo is 13 years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children's father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Salvage the Bones

    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A hurricane is building, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. He's a hard drinker, and it isn't often he worries about the family. As the 12 days that make up the novel's framework yield to a dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family - a clan of motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce - pulls itself up to face another day.

    Regular price: $16.21

    • Where the Line Bleeds

    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in a rural town on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. They've just finished high school and need to find jobs, but in a failing post-Katrina economy, it's not easy. Joshua gets work on the docks, but Christophe's not so lucky. Desperate to alleviate the family's poverty, he starts to sell drugs. He can hide it from his grandmother but not his twin, and the two grow increasingly estranged

    Regular price: $15.98