How We Fight for Our Lives

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Oct 2019

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How We Fight For Our Lives is a "coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power." Jones dissects his life for readers as he dives deep into his youth, his relationships with his mother and grandmother, and growing up in a culture that leaves little to no room for him to be true to himself.

This memoir is raw, emotional, and powerful. I'm so few pages, Jones bares is soul as he tells the story of his younger self's fight for his place in the world while trying understand who he is as an individual.

The content of this memoir is graphic, but not gratuitous. The graphic nature of the content is essential for readers to feel the pain, anguish, and vulnerability Jones experienced. These scenes become even more poignant once Jones links them to racism and power.

Overall, How We Fight For Our Lives is a quick, but powerful read as Jones bares his soul for all to see.
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This is a fascinating coming of age memoir from an American writer whose award winning debut poetry collection 'Prelude To Bruise' came out in 2014.  The author talks about growing up in Texas and the difficulties in being both black and gay.  He also explores his relationship with his Buddhist mom, who raised him on his own and his grandmother.  It is a glimpse into a life that will lead to a better understanding of others and a worthy read.
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What a truly incredible memoir! I devoured this in one sitting, couldn't put it down - couldn't turn the pages fast enough and really wanted more once I was finished. How We Fight For Our Lives is powerful, captivating, heart wrenching and also full of strength. I admire so much that these amazing humans allow us, complete strangers, to see into their world, to read their truth. This is a memoir everyone needs in their life. I highly encourage you to read this.

Thank you so so much Simon & Schuster Canada for my review copy! I'm blown away!
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This book is an honest and raw telling of what it is like growing up as a black gay man in the south. A rather short memoir with small chapters make it a quick and intense read, with each chapter leaving an impact. Jones is incredibly vulnerable in his writing and his storytelling; he's a beautiful writer and his prose is executed flawlessly. This is an important read and I highly recommend it.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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