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Ward, Jesmyn

Overview
Works: 17 works in 155 publications in 9 languages and 10,137 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Poetry  Suspense fiction  Road fiction  Juvenile works  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3623.A7323, 813.6
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Most widely held works about Jesmyn Ward
 
Most widely held works by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the bones : a novel by Jesmyn Ward( Book )

59 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 2,933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups
The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race by Jesmyn Ward( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: "You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon." Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin's essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a "post-racial" society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin's "fire next time" is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young"--
Sing, unburied, sing : a novel by Jesmyn Ward( Book )

12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. 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 twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature"--
Where the line bleeds by Jesmyn Ward( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and French and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twin brothers struggle with the responsibilities of adulthood and family in the post-Katrina Mississippi Gulf coast"--Provided by publisher
Where the line bleeds by Jesmyn Ward( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twin brothers struggle with the responsibilities of adulthood and family in the post-Katrina Mississippi Gulf coast
Sing, unburied, sing : a novel by Jesmyn Ward( Recording )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise
Salvage the bones : a novel by Jesmyn Ward( Recording )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups
The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race by Jesmyn Ward( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a continuation of James Baldwin's 1963 "The Fire Next Time" that examines racial issues from the past half-century through essays, poems, and memoir pieces by some of the current generation's most original thinkers and writers
Men we reaped : a memoir by Jesmyn Ward( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 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
Bois sauvage by Jesmyn Ward( )

2 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hvad reddes kan by Jesmyn Ward( Recording )

2 editions published in 2014 in Danish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terry McMillan: Who asked you? ; Jesmyn Ward: Men we reaped by Terry McMillan( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Terry McMillan is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including two that have been adapted into acclaimed feature films: Waiting to Exhale -- a watershed work in contemporary fiction about black women -- and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, "a sexy handbook of self-realization" (The New Yorker). The recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature, McMillan is also the author of A Day Late and a Dollar Short, Disappearing Acts, Getting to Happy, and her American Book Award-winning first novel, Mama. With signature exuberance, Who Asked You takes a bracing look at the burdens and blessings of family in a multi-racial Los Angeles neighborhood
Through trying times : stories of lodd and redemption in the American South [electronic resource] by Charles M Blow( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow grew up in an out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and the near-constant wash of violence. Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward writes powerfully about the poverty of her Mississippi childhood and the pressures it brought on men and women, revealing disadvantages that bred a certain kind of tragedy. In this conversation, two accomplished storytellers take the stage to discuss their memoirs that pay homage to the troubled past of the South with emotional honesty and moments of stark poetry
Rädda varje spillra by Jesmyn Ward( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Men we reaped : a memoir by Jesmyn Ward( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community
Salvage the bones : a novel by Jesmyn Ward( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups
Guernica #2: Annual by Nick Flynn( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Praise for Guernica Annual #1: "A stellar collection of the best of Guernica, with voices from the fringes, important, probing Q & As, and overall, nonfiction writing that shows us who we really are today."--Flavorwire "Guernica's first-ever print edition [celebrates] a decade of being the baddest online-only lit mag on the New York City block."-Bustle "The world, that terrible heaving gorgeous impossibility, is to be found shining in every edition of Guernica."-Junot DIaz Guernica Annual #2 is an anthology of the best features, interviews, fiction, poetry, and daily articles from Guernica in 2015
 
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Salvage the bones : a novel
Alternative Names
Jesmyn Ward American writer

Jesmyn Ward Amerikaans romanschrijfster

Jesmyn Ward écrivaine américaine

Jesmyn Ward escritora estadounidense

Jesmyn Ward scriitoare americană

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Where the line bleeds