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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Written by Saeed Jones

Narrated by Saeed Jones


How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Written by Saeed Jones

Narrated by Saeed Jones

ratings:
4.5/5 (187 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Oct 8, 2019
ISBN:
9781508297444
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Description

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

“People don’t just happen,” writes Saeed Jones. “We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The ‘I’ it seems doesn’t exist until we are able to say, ‘I am no longer yours.’"

Haunted and haunting, Jones’ memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws listeners into his boyhood and adolescence — into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another — and to one another — as we fight to become ourselves.

Blending poetry and prose, Jones has developed a style that is equal parts sensual, beautiful, and powerful — a voice that’s by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. How We Fight for Our Lives is a one-of-a-kind memoir and an audiobook that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.

Released:
Oct 8, 2019
ISBN:
9781508297444
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Saeed Jones is the author of Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He earned a BA at Western Kentucky University and an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and tweets @TheFerocity.

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  • (4/5)
    Saeed’s story of his life so far is funny and heartbreaking. His love story with his dear mama is also tender and heartbreaking. He’s deserving of His success and his story is deserving of a listen.
  • (5/5)
    Bittersweet. Honest. Beautiful and meaningful. Highly recommended to other gay men of Colour.
  • (5/5)
    It is raw and heart wrenching. a must-read book for all people.
  • (4/5)
    This is a very honest and candid memoir of the author's coming of age and coming into acceptance of who he is and what he wants. The author is quite the compelling storyteller and had me anxiously anticipating every "next" story. Excellent book.
  • (4/5)
    "Being black can get you killedBeing gay can get you killedBeing a black gay boy is a death wish"So Saeed Jones understands the challenges he faces as a young man. This memoir follows his evolution into adulthood coming to terms with his sexuality, race, and especially the troubled relationship with his mother. The memoir captures the extreme risks he takes to explore his sexuality. One wonders why he didn't find more satisfying partners as a young man and only hopes that this will eventually happen for him. His relationship with his mother is especially poignant as it evokes the all too common black mother struggling to raise and protect her children alone in a world that views them with hostility. Only after her death does he come to appreciate her importance to his development. Meeting the old woman in Barcelona is a powerful metaphor for his relationship with his mother. Memoirs written by young people can be unsatisfying reads because of the lack of a wider life experience. Certainly, this seems to be a problem here, but Saeed copes remarkably well.
  • (4/5)
    A heartfelt memoir about being black queer human and learning to find your own way
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. I feel it has an important message that needs to be heard.
  • (5/5)
    Jones shares deeply intimate and unique experiences with great wit and observation. I haven’t heard a voice like his before; frank, curious and brimming with wisdom and awareness. Among the best memoirs in recent years
  • (5/5)
    Excellent, very well written book. I loved it so