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review 2018-01-05 01:05
SALVAGE THE BONES Review
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

”I will tie the glass and stone with string, hang the shards above my bed, so that they will flash in the dark and tell the story of Katrina, the mother that swept into the Gulf and slaughtered. Her chariot was a storm so great and black the Greeks would say it was harnessed to dragons. She was the murderous mother who cut us to the bone but left us alive, left us naked and bewildered as wrinkled newborn babies, as blind puppies, as sun-starved newly hatched baby snakes. She left us a dark Gulf and salt-burned land. She left us to learn to crawl. She left us to salvage. Katrina is the mother we will remember until the next mother with large, merciless hands, committed to blood, comes.”

 

I remember Hurricane Katrina. Having lived in the south all my life, I’ve borne witness to many a tornado, tropical storm, and hurricane. Nothing quite compares to Katrina—its depth, its width. I live in northern Alabama and my people were still hit hard by her. My family spent a few days and nights in the basement of our church, with friends, sleeping on cots and passing the time playing ping-pong. For me, being a child of nine at the time, it was an experience of pure, unadulterated fear mixed with excitement stemming from the strangeness of staying away from home for that length of time. We survived the storm with our homes and lives intact, though our neighbors in Mississippi and Louisiana and Texas were not so lucky.

 

If Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is a tropical storm, Salvage the Bones is a category five hurricane. It is a force to be reckoned with; it is awesome in the purest sense of the word. Though it is a deeply southern work, Ward’s honed storytelling abilities allow this brutal, gritty examination of a family in Mississippi preparing for the storm of their lives to maintain a sense of accessibility, and home-spun charm.

 

A deeply poetic, painful, and crystal-clear story of motherhood and loss set in the sweltering heat of an oncoming southern storm, I could not put this book down and feel I’ll have reader’s hangover for some time to come. Is it too early to have a book of the year?

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text 2017-10-03 23:12
October is National Book Month!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Secret Obsession - Kimberla Lawson Roby
Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward
The Widow - Fiona Barton

 

 

First of all, October is one of my favorite months or perhaps my only favorite month! I absolutely love everything about Fall and October...Halloween, autumn smells, the cooler weather, the shorter days, everything!!! So when I found out that October is also National Book Month, you can pretty much guess that I almost lost it!! I mean how  much more amazing can this month get?!!!

 

To observe this wonderful holiday, I am going to create my first TBR post. My October reads are set to include the following (hopefully, I can indulge in them all!!!):

 

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

This is a read for my book club. A novel centered around a poor family and their issues as Hurricane Katrina makes landfall.

 

Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben

Nap Dumas is a police detective who is a little obsessed with digging for answers to his brothers mysterious death and his high school girlfriend's disappearance.  However, somebody doesn't want him to.

 

The Widow - Fiona Barton

I'm listening to this one. 

Jean is a master pretender. Once pretending to be the perfect wife and now that her husband has died, people are searching for the truth. Or what Jean makes them believe is the truth...

 

Secret Obsession - Kimberla Lawson Roby 

Paige is up to some dangerous scheming as a result of a jealous feud...scheming against her own sister. Sounds like some drama!

 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

I told myself that I would like to try and read at least on Agatha Christie a month.

 

So those are my tentative reads for now. I may get to them all and I may not. I feel like I should add a horror story in honor of Halloween...

 

What is on your October to read list?

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PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016:

 

A National Book Award Winner: Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-18 03:17
Salvage the bones by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

Ugh. What a disappointment. I read this book for my reading challenge thinking it was going to be good, considering it was a winner of the National Book Award but, thought the narrative was interesting enough to keep me reading, I hated the main protagonist from page one.

 

She was childish, selfish, and self centered. She wasn't a child anymore to be acting like a spoiled brat and was old enough to understand that her actions have consequences.

And don't let me start with the end. It felt too abrupt, too rushed. So i finished the book like there was some of the story missing.

 

Also the violence towards the animals in the book was not acceptable nor understandable, no matter how much the boy loved the dog and how hard their situation was.

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review 2013-08-02 00:00
Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward Powerful and devastating. The kind of book one needs to recover from.
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