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Survival math : notes on an all-American family / Mitchell S. Jackson.

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  • ISBN: 9781501131707
  • ISBN: 1501131702
  • Physical Description: xv, 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Shuster, Inc., 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-315).
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : Dear Marcus -- Part 1. Who are we? Exodus -- Composite Pops -- Matrimony -- Survivor files -- Part 2. What have we learned? Apples -- The scale -- Survivor files -- Part 3. What have we endured? American blood -- The pose -- Fast ten, slow twenty -- Survivor files -- Part 4. How do we proceed? Survival math -- Revision -- Survivor files -- Epilogue : Dear Justice.
Summary, etc.:
With a poet's gifted ear, a novelist's sense of narrative, and a journalist's unsentimental eye, Mitchell S. Jackson candidly explores his tumultuous youth in the other America. Survival Math takes its name from the calculations Mitchell and his family made to keep safe--to stay alive--in their community, a small black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon blighted by drugs, violence, poverty, and governmental neglect. Survival Math is both a personal reckoning and a vital addition to the national conversation about race. Mitchell explores the Portland of his childhood, tracing the ways in which his family managed their lives in and around drugs, prostitution, gangs, and imprisonment as members of a tiny black population in one of the country's whitest cities. He discusses sex work and serial killers, gangs and guns, near-death experiences, composite fathers, the concept of "hustle," and the destructive power of drugs and addiction on family. In examining the conflicts within his family and community, 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. As Jackson charts his own path from drug dealer to published novelist, he gives us a heartbreaking, fascinating, lovingly rendered view of the injustices and victories, large and small, that defined his youth. --
Subject: Jackson, Mitchell S.
African American men > Oregon > Portland > Biography.
African American families > Oregon > Portland > Biography.
Autobiography > African American authors.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Cultural, Ethnic & Regional > General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE > Discrimination & Race Relations.
Social conditions.
Race relations.
African American families.
African American men.
Autobiography > African American authors.
Portland (Or.) > Social conditions.
Portland (Or.) > Race relations.
Oregon > Portland.
Genre: Autobiographies.