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Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

In her haunting memoir in verse, award-winning author and poet Nikki Grimes shares what she believes is "the most important story" she has to tell: that of her own devastatingly difficult childhood. Grimes, author of Coretta Scott King Award-winning Bronx Masquerade, as well as Between the Lines, The Watcher, Chasing Freedom and many others, is nakedly honest in Ordinary Hazards. She works within a loosely chronological structure that begins with her birth in 1950 and moves through the years to 1966, when her mother's mental illness escalates and her beloved though mostly absent father dies.

Ordinary Hazards is a gorgeous piece of writing that also serves as powerful inspiration for any reader who has struggled and sought grace. Grimes's triumph over adversity is matched only by her skill with the written word--her memoir is accessible to poetry enthusiasts and detractors alike, and will linger after the final lines. --Emilie Coulter, freelance writer and editor