Top 5 books for men to read in the new year

Men we Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Ward writes about losing five men in her life from 2000 to 2004, including her younger brother. All five were claimed by violence in a small town in Mississippi. But Ward’s memoir does more than just recount her own grief; she views the five deaths as a microcosm for […]

Black Author Wins 2011 National Book Award for Hurricane Katrina-Inspired Fiction

The fictional account of a Mississippi family’s ordeal during Hurricane Katrina has won the U.S. National Book Award for fiction. The judges praised Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones for its “piercing metaphor and simile.” In her acceptance speech, Ward said she realized that life was a “feeble, unpredictable thing,” when her younger brother was killed by […]