Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

An electrifying, dazzlingly written reckoning and an essential addition to the national conversation about race and class, Survival Math takes its name from the calculations 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,...


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  • Piper
    Mitch Jackson has one of the most unique prose styles I've ever read. This memoir manages to be engrossing & diffuse, telling his own story, his family's story, and the stories of other African-American men in his community. Like his debut novel The Residue Years this book is at times wrenching to r...
  • Never Without a Book™
    My nonfiction reads have been top notch so far this year! Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson is a phenomenal book/ experience for me the reader. Telling his story in his unique writing style, Jackson made me feel like he was having a conversation with over coffee. ...
  • Cassie (book__gal)
    Wow wow wow. January isn’t even over and I’ve already found one of my top reads of 2019. Thank you Scribner for gifting me a free copy of Survival Math. It will be out in March. I have so much to say about this book, but I don’t even think I can do it justice. I was gripped by every s...
  • Emily
    3.5⭐ rounded upThis is a tough review to write. While I loved Jackson's storytelling and honesty, I really struggled with the format of this book. I enjoyed the memoir aspects, and I think I expected this to be a full memoir. However, a lot of this book had an academic tone (which is absolutely...
  • Kayla
    Instead of writing to you about his life story, Mitchell S. Jackson’s prose feels like he is having a conversation about his life with the reader. He talks about not only his struggles, but generations of his families struggles with violence, prison, and drugs. It truly is a tale of overcoming ...
  • Paul Pessolano
    “Survival Math” by Mitchell S. Jackson, published by Scribner.Category – Memoir Publication Date – March 05, 2019.This book could be classified in several categories. I picked Memoir but it just as easily could be classified as Biography or History. This is the story of Mitchell ...
  • David V.
    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 2-25-19. Finished 3-4-19. Memoir of 16 Black men in one family and their effect on the author over a period of many years. Also tells about the American society's effect on these men. Slavery, lack of parental interaction, lack of adequate employment an...
  • Norrine
    I don't know why. But I tried several times to read this book and couldn't get past a couple of pages. ...
  • HR-ML
    [email protected] 12%. This began with stream of consciousness, not a favorite narrative. Years ago my mental health client called a drug dealer "an independent businessman." This served as a wink wink nod nod, & implied, 'we know he's there, but let's ignore him.' The author glorified drug use & drug dealing (h...

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