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Publisher's Summary

I Am Yours is the story of Reema Zaman's unwavering fight to protect and free her voice from those who have sought to silence her. From Bangladesh to Thailand to New York to Oregon, through gorgeous prose as beautiful as it is biting, poetic as it is political, and healing as it is haunting, Zaman explores the many difficulties, dangers, and, ultimately, the necessity for all women, all people, to own and use their voices.

With astonishing courage and intimacy, Zaman offers up a memoir to alleviate the loneliness that often arises from being human in this world. I Am Yours is an iconic debut that promises to shake global literature.

©2019 Reema Zaman (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Stunning and moving - a must-read!

Gorgeously written, and so purely moving.

The beginning was a little hard for me to get into (as it's written from a child's perspective) but it's essential to the story and message and ended up being worthwhile. I could relate to events throughout much of this book and it allowed me to have greater compassion for myself when I look back at my life because I felt so much compassion - never pity - for the narrator. And not only that, but dazzled admiration for the grit, fierceness, and strength it takes to go through life with such clarity and grace.

The ending - what can I say to do it justice? My heart was swelling and my tears were brimming. She said many things that I've told others in the past, but which I could never quite believe applied to myself, and I can say without hyperbole that it's life-changing for me to hear them being said to me (I listened to the audiobook).

This book takes the place of endurance story, psychology book, philosophy and spirituality tales, and self-help for me. I want to get the physical book and go over it with a highlighter! I will definitely listen to this again.

Ms. Zaman has a massively powerful story and message, and she weaves it artfully. This is going to be a classic. Get it; you won't regret it.

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Beautiful through and through

Exquisitely written and gorgeously read by the author. Reema’s story reaches the soul. Thought it’s her unique experience, it’s easy to relate to its core as a human being. Highly recommend!

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Unique and Powerful Connection

This memoir has left a mark on me like few books ever have. It left me feeling more deeply connected with other women, especially to those with limited or no true voice. The author, Reema Zaman, also illustrates the powerful connection between voice, creativity and love.

The author, is steadfast in connecting us, the people she hopes to inspire, with herself and the writing of this book. With a lovely sprinkling of what feels like magical realism, she describes how we have been with her since childhood, very present in her thoughts and choices. We kept her company in her painful lonely times. She knew we would be hurt and disappointed with some of her choices as a young adult. She felt us “wincing” as she continued to endure an abusive relationship. And I was indeed, wincing.

She is clear and precise about very traumatic occurrences in her life, as well as the more mundane belittling comments and treatment from undeserving brutish partners. She is equally clear about her compliance, and finally, to my great relief, her non-compliance. She’s right, we’re in this together. I was rooting for her from page one.

From a young age, she knew she would be an author, an advocate, an influencer. And rightly so. She has a reaching heart, sensitivity, intellect and a brilliant command of language. She’s also goal driven, hard working and organized. I like the way she organizes the book according to theme and sections according to age, “I am Ten.”

Through this book, she warns us to be cognizant of our upbringing and the myriad examples set before us, as these shape us and can lead us to accept the unacceptable. She warns us to be cognizant of the male dominated fabric of the world and one of it’s characteristics, entitled brutish behavior.

In situations when cruelty doesn’t reign, she shows us that love and respectful, kind behavior can grow, that the bullies need not play front and center in our lives indefinitely. She encourages us to be active in creating a more balanced world. I believe she can have a leading role in that new world.

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Beautiful Rendering

I loved this story. Ms. Zaman shares her life with an original, lyrical, powerful and unflinching voice. It’s eye opening and transformative.

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Stunning. A tough listen, but worth every second!

This is just a placeholder review until I gather my thoughts. One of the most compelling audiobooks I've ever listened to. I can't imagine reading the text when the author's voice is so compelling. It's a stunning book.

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Exquisite

This book was recommended by a friend and I loved it. The writer, also narrator, brought the book to life. It a beautifully written, powerfully honest, and ultimately hopeful.