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Casita Maria Book Club: How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Please note, book club discussions are recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
The Casita Maria Book Club is a vibrant community-centered program that invites Bronxites to come together and discuss a diverse selection of books. Presented in partnership with One Book One Bronx.

11/18: pgs 1-49, chapters 1-6
11/25: pgs 50-98, chapters 7-11
12/2: pgs 99-152, chapters 12-17
12/9: pgs 153-196, chapters 18-end.
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"People don't just happen," writes Saeed Jones. "We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 'I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, 'I am no longer yours.'"

Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.


All Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education programs, exhibitions, and events are family-friendly and welcoming to all communities. During the Casita Maria Book Club, we ask that you refrain from using any inappropriate language, including curse words, derogatory slang, and sexual innuendos as well as any language or actions that could be interpreted as racist, sexist, anti-LGBTIQ, derogatory, ageist, misogynistic, violent or that depict individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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