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Nine years under : coming of age in an inner-city funeral home

Author: Sheri Booker
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Sheri Booker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheri Booker
ISBN: 9781592407620 1592407625 9781592407125 1592407129
OCLC Number: 887686131
Notes: Originally published in hardback, 2013.
Awards: Short-listed for Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (Nonfiction) 2014
Description: 261 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Sheri Booker.

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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 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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