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Author Jackson, Mitchell S., author.

Title Survival math : notes on an all-American family / Mitchell S. Jackson.| [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2019.
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 315 pages) : illustrations
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Summary 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. --
The author examines the poverty, violence, and drug culture impacting the Portland, Oregon community of his youth, examining the large and small cultural forces that shaped his family.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-315).
Subject Jackson, Mitchell S.
Jackson, Mitchell S. -- Family.
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
African American families -- Oregon -- Portland -- Biography.
African American men -- Oregon -- Portland -- Biography.
Autobiography -- African American authors.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies.
Social Science.
Portland (Or.) -- Biography.
Genre Autobiographies.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Jackson, Mitchell S. Survival math New York : Scribner, 2019 9781501131707 (NjBwBT)bl2019000943 (OCoLC)1016928766
ISBN 9781501131745 :
1501131745 :
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