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, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructive power of addiction—all framed within the experience of 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 experiences, is complemented by poems composed from historical American documents as well as survivor files, which feature photographs and riveting short narratives of several of Jackson’s male relatives. 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. As essential as it is beautiful, as real as it is artful, Mitchell S. Jackson’s nonfiction debut is a singular achievement, not to be missed.

Title:Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family
ISBN:9781501131707
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  • Reggie

    The great thing about reading is that you are given the closest thing possible to a full picture of humanity. We are exposed to humanity and all of its complications, contradictions, complexities, inv...

  • Brandice

    Mitchell Jackson’s writing talent is evident in Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. I am struggling with how to clearly express my thoughts on this book and have read other reviews that ...

  • 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 mu...

  • Diane S ?

    Thoughts soon....

  • 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...

  • 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 expecte...

  • Jaime

    @scribnerbooks #partner | ✍🏽 mini•review .It’s an historical exploration into Black Portland + it’s also a deep encompassing look into Mitchell Jackson’s family history. It’s a collecti...

  • 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-Americ...

  • Catherine

    I approached this book fully open to hearing a fresh voice and perhaps a new perspective. I would describe this book as rapper meets literature professor, lyrically and poetically written. Hence the 2...

  • 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 generati...