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      January's book is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, the 2017 National Book Award winner.
   Good Reads says: "A searing and profound Southern odyssey. 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.
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 Books we have read:

 The Lost Choice by Andy Andrews

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie  Flagg

A Storm Came Up by Doug Segriest

Innocense Lost by Beth Gregory

The Cathedral by the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Greg Gilmore

The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Left Overs by Tom Perrotta

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Jabbok by the Right Rev. Kee Sloan

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

 Middlesex by Jeffrey  Eugenides

The Tilted World  by  Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin 

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume 

The Secret History  by Donna Tartt

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Sunday Dinner by Ann Boult Walling

Swaying in the Treetops by Scott and Katherine Rosenow.

 Be Frank With Me by 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

15 Dogs by Andre Alexis

The Whole Town is Talking  by Fannie Flagg

The Advocate  by Randy Singer

Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

A Little Magic by Billy Coffee

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman