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Jesmyn Ward’s Beautiful but Sorrowful ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

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Sing, Unburied, Sing is a beautifully written, character driven, heartfelt novel that takes place in the steamy Mississippi Gulf Coast. The story is about a young black girl, Leonie who has two children, Jojo who is thirteen and Kayla, who is a toddler. The children’s father, Michael, is white and in prison. Michael’s family is hopelessly racist and rejects Leonie and the children, so they live with Leonie’s parents. Leonie is a drug addict and she is rarely around so Mam and Pop have stepped in to raise the kids. However, Mam is dying of cancer and a broken heart due to her son’s death and spends all of her time in bed, and Pop is quiet, strong, and teaches Jojo…

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Hemlock Grove: Netflix’s gothic horrorfest returns for a second season

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While it might not get the accolades of House of Cards or the attention of Orange is the New Black, Netflix features another original series, one that takes a werewolf-sized bite out of its viewers’ appetite for horror. Call it a macabre mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and An American Werewolf in London—it’s Hemlock Grove, and it returns for a second season on July 11. And while the series may not have the media coverage of Netflix’s other offerings, its renewal is bloody good news for its cadre of devoted fans. The series is based on the 2012 horror/thriller novel from author Brian McGreevy. Set in the creepy, fictional town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, the story centers around Peter…

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