“The Thirteenth Turn is a thoughtful, profound book. Jack Shuler has taken an object we are all too familiar with in our history-the noose-and found in its story an urgent lesson on how to live.”
—Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of DEAD MAN WALKING and DEATH OF INNOCENTS
An essay about research I did for The Thirteenth Turn in the Summer issue of Denison Magazine.
My next book will be coming out in September from Public Affairs.
“Shuler’s account is a kind of shadow history of America: for all the celebrated strides we’ve made towards integration and harmony, those victories are hollow without an appreciation for what they vanquished. The Thirteenth Turn is a courageous and searching book that reminds us where we come from, and what is lost if we forget.”
“Shuler has a talent for appreciating and describing the characters of the people he interviews, and by the end of the book I felt I had met an interesting cross-section of the citizens, black and white, who lived in Orangeburg in 1968 and live there still…Shuler’s book is a local history, but then all history when examined deeply becomes local. The Orangeburg tragedy of 1968 was rooted in two centuries of American racial injustice, and its after-life in the psyches of Orangeburg residents tells us a good deal about where America stands on racial matters, even today.”
Blood and Bone now available in a Kindle edition!
“Not a day goes by that death row exoneree Delbert Tibbs doesn’t go outside.” Read more.
Here’s an op-ed I wrote about the death penalty in Iran.
“He deals masterfully with the complicated issues of memory and reconciliation…”
Check out this wonderful new project from the College of Charleston Library. I helped write the text for the exhibit about Orangeburg.
ForeWord Reviews (indy book publisher reviews) has nominated Blood and Bone for the 2012 Regional Book of the Year Award.