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  • Writer's pictureJaden Faunteroy

Books on Shelves: How We Fight For Our Lives

"I could sever the divide between how wrecked I felt on the inside and how put together and dependable I appeared," Saeed Jones.

The sheer detail, vulnerability, and emotional expression in How We Fight For Our Lives is what truly made Saeed Jones's intense memoir so powerful and touching. I bought this memoir because it was a suggestion on a list of good books to read and the title immediately caught my eye. For the first time since I was a kid, for some reason I didn't read the back of the book. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I am grateful, if I had I would have probably missed out on a great story. A story that travels through the different stages of his life as a gay Black man, raised by a single mother in a world and community that often express its profound disdain for Black and gay men. He shares the good, bad, ugly, and sad. There are books that you can tell an author poured their heart into... and then there is How We Fight For Our Lives. Jones holds nothing back, it is as though you are right there with him. I cried, smiled, highlighted, and read through the night, captivated in the rollercoaster of his life and emotions.

Caveat: I do not recommend this memoir for anyone under the age of 15, due to mature content that appears throughout.

Happy Reading!!

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