When Sheri Booker's aunt died, the Baltimore native dealt with her grief in an unusual way: she got a summer job at a funeral home. Beginning at age 15, Booker spent nine years in the funeral industry, at a time when inner-city violence brought people of all ages through the funeral home’s doors. She discusses an industry defined by loss and explores how funeral homes fit into the fabric of urban communities.
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Excerpted from NINE YEARS UNDER by Sheri Booker. Copyright (c) 2013 by Sheri Booker. Reprinted by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.