Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives


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, 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 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 an audiobook that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.

Author: Saeed Jones
Narrator: Saeed Jones
Duration: 5 hours 34 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Language: English

User Review:

ra rapt

I heard an interview he did for one of my favorite podcasts and was delighted to see that his audiobook was narrated by himself. He has a poignant and humble, almost pithy writing style that’s not too fluffed. I related directly to many of his life stories, and identified with the cathartic release in each of his chapters. I definitely plan to check out more of his poetry and prose.