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Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson




An electrifying, dazzlingly written reckoning and an essential addition to the conversation about race and class, ‘Survival Math’ takes its name from the calculations that award-winning author Mitchell S. Jackson made to survive the Portland, Oregon, of his youth. This dynamic 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 Jackson, his family and his community. Mitchell S. Jackson presents a microcosm of struggle and survival in contemporary urban America – an exploration of the forces that shaped his life, his city, and the lives of so many black men like him.

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