Join artists, writers, and readers in a citywide discussion of Men We Reaped, a compelling memoir that tackles race, masculinity, and misfortune in the American South.

Recounting the tragic deaths of five young men from her rural community within four years, National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand a history haunted by economic strife and racism. She also tells her own story of familial love, community, infidelity, social friction, addiction, strength, and what it’s like tohave survived. In conjunction with art works on view at the ICA, readers will be invited to consider the book’s themes and craft, as well as artists’ role in retelling history in the wake of tragedy.

There are lots of ways to participate in ICA Reads:

1. Read a preview!

2. Download the discussion guide for yourself or your book club.

3. Go on a tour with your friends or book club. Specially trained guides will highlight connections between Men We Reaped and works on view at the ICA.

4. Attend a gallery discussion.

5. Join the online conversation at #ICAreads.

6. Meet the author.

Full of beauty, love, and dignity, Men We Reaped is a haunting and essential read.

—Natasha Trethewey, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

To say this is difficult is an understatement: telling this story is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But my ghosts were once people, and I cannot forget that.

—From Men We Reaped