Nine Years Under by Sheri Booker
Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home

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An informative but occasionally too-dry behind-the-scenes look into the funeral industry...


A dazzling and darkly comic memoir about coming of age in a black funeral home in Baltimore 

Sheri Booker was only fifteen when she started working at Wylie Funeral Home in West Baltimore. She had no idea her summer job would become nine years of immersion into a hidden world. Reeling from the death of her beloved great aunt, Sheri found comfort in the funeral home and soon had the run of the place. With AIDS and gang violence threatening to wipe out a generation of black men, Wylie was never short on business. 
As families came together to bury one of their own, Booker was privy to their most intimate moments of grief and despair. But along with the sadness, Booker encountered moments of dark humor: brawls between mistresses and widows, and car crashes at McDonald’s with dead bodies in tow. While she never got over her terror of the embalming room, Booker learned to expect the unexpected and to never, ever cry. Nine Years Under offers readers an unbelievable glimpse into an industry in the backdrop of all our lives.

About Sheri Booker

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Sheri Booker has a BA in political science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. A writer, poet, spoken word artist, photographer, and teacher, she currently lives in Baltimore.
Published May 30, 2013 by Avery. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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