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How We Fight for Our Lives
How We Fight for Our Lives | Saeed Jones
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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 dont just happen, writes Saeed Jones. We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The I it seems doesnt exist until we are able to say, I am no longer yours. Haunted and haunting, Joness 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 readers into his boyhood and adolescenceinto 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 anotherand to one anotheras we fight to become ourselves. Blending poetry and prose, Jones has developed a style that is equal parts sensual, beautiful, and powerfula voice thats 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 a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
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parasolofdoom
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#currentlyreading
Loved his poetry collection too, Prelude to Bruise

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saltwaterlit
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Read this in one day on New Year‘s Day. I was really impressed by the writing. An overall fascinating and satisfying memoir.

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Christine
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Well, I‘ll be reading anything Jones writes from now on because I love his voice. He makes such strong connections between identity and systemic issues like white supremacy and economic inequality, weaving them into his narrative so gracefully. Some hard-to-read-about content, but there‘s lightness and humor, too. It‘s all part of his story, and he tells that story exceptionally well. ❤️

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Soubhiville
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This memoir is beautifully written and gave me lots of feelings. Maybe don‘t read it in public- I cried several times.

I saw the author speak at #TXBookFest2019 and knew I would buy his book. He‘s an excellent public speaker. He reads the audio himself, if that sways you.

Cinfhen Swayed and stacked 🥰 4w
Soubhiville @Cinfhen yay! 📚 4w
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MrsV
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Digging into this one tonight!

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MatchlessMarie
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Autocorrect just changed audiobook to “ideal baby” and I feel very seen. 😂 I had the tagged book checked out as an ePub book but I found out for me with ebooks it‘s gotta be Kindle or nothing so I‘m gonna finish with the audio version. It‘s very good so far. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #TBRread

rather_be_reading 1pt for now. you will the rest of the points once you finish and review it. 1 pt❄ 1mo
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So excited to start this one tonight!

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What an inspirational and moving memoir about growing up on a society as a black gay man, who has to navigate being gay and Black. It was a heartfelt story that really makes you think and pause about what it's like for others who are different then you.

Easy delightful listen, heart wrenching at times with moments of violence (CW) and Racism (CW) this story was a great addition to my #NFNov list

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“Being black can get you killed. Being gay can get you killed. Being a black gay boy is a death wish. And one day if you are lucky your life and death will become some artist‘s new project.”

This book is honest, and funny, and important.

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MatchlessMarie
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Here's my #WeeklyForecast @cinfhen Excited about finishing the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series this week. I have been enjoying reliving my childhood with these books. And am looking forward to Saeed's Memoir 🧡 #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Cinfhen I‘m really eager to get my grubby hands on the memoir too!!! 2mo
Cinfhen How many books are in the Bailey series????? 2mo
Cinfhen Lots of potential reading in your forecast💕 2mo
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MatchlessMarie @Cinfhen Sorry I hit send before I finished my comment lol there are 51 books but there are BSK adjacent books like the "Super Specials", or the Bailey City Monsters series, and There are even Bailey School Kid's Jr. books. So I might try to find those when I'm done. The Mrs Jeepers Is Missing super special is the book that introduced me to the series actually. 2mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That‘s crazzzy!!! You‘ll be reading this series for months!!!!! 2mo
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Saeed Jones's memoir How We Fight for Our Lives is brilliant and brutal. The story centers on Jones life as a young, black, gay man growing up in the American South and on his relationship with his single mother. Listening to Jones (who narrates the audiobook--I listened on @scribd) describe the ways that he defined his identity within and against Southern culture is fascinating and moving. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Though he makes many deliberate decisions about how to be in the world, I appreciated the way that Jones accepted so much about about who he and his mother were as individuals and as a strong pair. Saeed and his mother, who practiced Buddhism in the midst of a staunchly evangelical family and culture, ⬇️ 2mo
UnabridgedPod often avoided articulating certain things that they understood about themselves, and so sometimes, those declarations gave me goosebumps . . . or brought me to tears. ⠀

I don't want to spoil anything about Jones's journey (and I think it's going to be hard to do justice to the book's power in a short book review--there's too much nuance for that), but I'll just say that his writing is the star. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod While I'm glad that I listened because of the power of Jones's voice in narrating his own story, I often wished for a text copy, too, because there were quotations I desperately wanted to mark. His style is not showy, but it's precise and contemplative. There's a sense of humor and a foundation of love that lie underneath the whole of the narrative. 2mo
Reggie Sounds great!! 2mo
Cinfhen This does sound powerful 2mo
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MatchlessMarie
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My hold finally came in for Saeed's debut memoir! Probably wont get to it until next week but I'm excited that I have access to it now. #OrangeCovers #NamasteNovember @eggs #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

rachelm Eek! I can‘t wait to read this 2mo
Eggs That‘s some grand orange 🍊!!👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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mdemanatee
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I went to a book event for Saeed Jones‘ memoir last night and it was lovely.

britt_brooke Awesome! His book sounds good. #stacked 3mo
mdemanatee @britt_brooke The book is so excellent. The level of vulnerability on the page. And the poetry background shining through in the use of language. I adored it. 3mo
britt_brooke @mdemanatee I‘m looking forward to reading it. 💚 3mo
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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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How We Fight For Our Lives is a slim memoir by the poet Saeed Jones. The prose alone is worth reading. This memoir is about Jones as a African American man coming out in the South and all it‘s implications.

For my full review, visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09/24/how-we-fight-for-our-lives-book-review/

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for an Advanced Reader‘s Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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5/5🌟Heartbreaking, Queer, Poetic, Intimate and Raw. Saeed Jones has written a beautiful coming-of-age memoir about queerness, love, race and grief.He shares about being a young, gay black boy, about becoming a openly gay man, about sex and partners and blackness and about his mother and grandmother. A love letter to all gay, black boys raised by single mothers fighting to make space for themselves in the world. So so good!Out Oct 8th! #bookreview

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Wow. Not a word wasted, not a word out of place. A beautiful, spare, rich memoir about being black and gay and how little space is given to those men as they grow from childhood to adulthood. Internalized self-loathing is so common among these pages that I can‘t even imagine the work Saeed must have done to be able to bare those emotions for the reader. The book is also a love letter to his late mother, those last few chapters cut me to the quick.

balletbookworm A must-read, out this October. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly SOLD! 5mo
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MsLeah8417
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Your girl loves winning a giveaway!!! 🖤📚🖤📚🖤

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