** Nine Years Under by Sheri Booker

The author of Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home worked for nine years (of course) in a funeral home, starting when she was only 15, and recounts her experience with many details about how funeral homes work, of course, but also about the world that brought many of the dead into the funeral home, the violent Baltimore of the 1990s. She also paints a candid picture of a small business with a temperamental boss, who on the one hand gave her many opportunities but could treat his staff with sudden anger, including her.

The writing is occasionally awkward, and they are graceless repeats here and there, but the story is certainly engaging and larger than just one teenager’s adventures.

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