How We Fight For Our Lives

Written by:
Saeed Jones
Narrated by:
Saeed Jones

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2019
5 hours 34 minutes
From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives—winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Stonewall Book Award—is a “moving, bracingly honest memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

One of the best books of the year as selected by The New York Times; The Washington Post; NPR; Time; The New Yorker; O, The Oprah Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; Elle; BuzzFeed; Goodreads; and many more.

“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 about 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.
Profile Avatar
Lopi W.

This is an amazing book! The more I read the more absorbed in the events and love and self discovery I became. A very unique memoir that is about both the things in life that are big and passionate and the details of everyday and relationships. About the things that are uncertain and the things that are certain. The writing is captivating and I appreciated it so much. There were many moments that a sentence would be so consuming and perfect that I would have to pause and think about just that sentence. When I read the final sentence I knew that I would remember this story and the lessons for a long time to come.

1 book added to cart
View Cart