How Working with the Dead Affects Your View of the Living

Mar 3, 2014

Author Sheri Booker
Credit Alvin Gray

Before her mid-20s, Sheri Booker already had worked for nine years in the Albert P. Wyle Funeral Home.  She started at 15 with a summer job answering phones and, as she says, Baby-sitting bodies. Over the years the job turned into a lot more, and Sheri Booker has written about it all in her memoir, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home.  

Last month, Sheri Booker won the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work by a debut author.  Here, Booker talks with Sheilah Kast about her memoir.

This segment originally aired on June 3, 2013.