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ISBN-10: 1501131737
ISBN-13: 9781501131738
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 02/04/2020
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.70" W, 0.90" H

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

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Overview

“A vibrant memoir of race, violence, family, and manhood…a virtuosic wail of a book” (The Boston Globe), Survival Math calculates how award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson survived the Portland, Oregon, of his youth.

This “spellbinding” (NPR) book explores gangs and guns, near-death experiences, sex work, masculinity, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructive power of addiction–all framed within the story of Mitchell Jackson, his family, and his community. Lauded for its breathtaking pace, its tender portrayals, its stark candor, and its luminous style, Survival Math reveals on every page the searching intellect and originality of its author. The primary narrative, focused on understanding the antecedents of Jackson’s family’s experience, is complemented by survivor files, which feature photographs and riveting short narratives of several of Jackson’s male relatives.

“A vulnerable, sobering look at Jackson’s life and beyond, in all its tragedies, burdens, and faults” (San Francisco Chronicle), the sum of Survival Math‘s parts is a highly original whole, one that reflects on the exigencies–over generations–that have shaped the lives of so many disenfranchised Americans. “Both poetic and brutally honest” (Salon), Mitchell S. Jackson’s nonfiction debut is as essential as it is beautiful, as real as it is artful, a singular achievement, not to be missed.

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"Beyond his own past, Jackson juxtaposes his history with those of his male relatives to illustrate the hardships of class and race on a generational level, creating a timely narrative centered around what it takes to survive in America."
Time, 11 New Books to Read this March

"Jackson, the author of the novel The Residue Years, writes about his own childhood in Portland, Ore., and the entrenched racism and economic inequality that shaped his community. Along the way, he interweaves poems and narratives from members of his family. As Jackson puts it in his author's note, "Our stories of survival are inseparable from the ever-fraught history of America.""
New York Times, 12 New Books to Watch for in March

"Jackson revisits his early years in a black Portland neighborhood, telling the stories of his struggling family members and analyzing the marginalizing cultural forces around them."
Entertaintment Weekly, 20 new books to read in March

"Vivid and unflinching ... Mitchell's memoir in essays chronicles the struggles of friends and family with drugs, racism, violence, and hopelessness and puts a face on the cyclical nature of poverty."
Boston Globe, Most Anticipated Books of 2019

"An extensive and illuminating look at the city of [Jackson's] childhood, exploring issues like sex, violence, addiction, community, and the toll this takes on a person's life.
Buzzfeed, Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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Details

ISBN-10: 1501131737
ISBN-13: 9781501131738
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publish Date: 02/04/2020
Dimensions: 8.30" L, 5.70" W, 0.90" H
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