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How we fight for our lives : a memoir
2019
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"Written from the crossroads of sex, race, and power in America, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir and a haunting reflection of the nation as a whole"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

The co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM, award-winning poet and author of Prelude to Bruise documents his coming-of-age as a young, gay, black man in an American South at a crossroads of sex, race and power. 100,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

WINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE IN NONFICTION

WINNER OF THE 2020 STONEWALL BOOK AWARD-ISRAEL FISHMAN NONFICTION AWARD

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES&;S 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019

One of the best books of the year as selected by The Washington Post; NPR; Time; The New Yorker; O, The Oprah Magazine; Harper&;s Bazaar; Elle; Kirkus Reviews; Publishers Weekly; BuzzFeed; Goodreads; School Library Journal; and many more.

&;A moving, bracingly honest memoir that reads like fevered poetry.&; &;The New York Times Book Review

&;Jones&;s voice and sensibility are so distinct that he turns one of the oldest of literary genres inside out and upside down.&; &;NPR&;S Fresh Air

&;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, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones 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 adolescence&;into tumultuous relationships with his family, 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.

An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that&;s as beautiful as it is 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 a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time. - (Simon and Schuster)

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