It is time.
It is time to free our voice.
To speak is a revolution.
For too long, through the most intimate acts of erasure, women have been silenced. Now, women everywhere are breaking through the limits placed on us by family, society, and tradition. To find our voices. To make space for ourselves in this world. Now is the moment to reclaim what was once lost, stolen, forsaken, or abandoned. I Am Yours is about my fight to protect and free my voice from those who have sought to silence me, for the sake of creating a world where all voices are welcome and respected. Because the voice, without intimacy, will atrophy. We’re in this together. You are mine, and I am yours.
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About the Author
Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, and teacher. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Narratively, The Rumpus, B*tch, Magazine, VIDA, SHAPE, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Zaman was selected as the 2018 Oregon Literary Arts’ Writer of Color Fellow and serves as serve as Ambassador and Mentor for Girls Inc., Pacific Northwest. In Spring 2019, Zaman and NY Times bestselling writer Lidia Yuknavitch will kick off the first of their annual panel and reading series, “Women, Power, and Writing: Authoring a New Anthem,” co-hosted by Literary Arts and Corporeal Writing Center. Born in Bangladesh, raised in Thailand, and presently residing in Portland, Oregon, she holds a double B.A. in gender studies and theater from Skidmore College.
Read an Excerpt
"Look at the sky. When she wishes to explode in a fury of flamingo, peach, lavender, and indigo, she will. When she desires to be an expansive swatch of calm blue, she is. When she longs to spill oceans of rain, she follows her yearning.
The sky does not hesitate. Neither shall we."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Constructed as a love letter to her highest self, Zaman’s memoir chronicles her journey from young Bangladeshi girl trying to accommodate a world of loud silences filled with male rage and female grief to a force of nature who authors her own truth. As a teen and young adult, Zaman strives for perfection in beauty, creativity, and love, hoping her hard work will allow her to give voice to the voiceless. The barriers she faces along the way—loneliness, an eating disorder, sexual violence, and emotionally abusive relationships—are common to so many women. As she attempts to cope with expectations established by the patriarchy, we see how easy it is to cut off parts of the self to placate those in power. While this book aligns with movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, her memoir is no simple a trauma narrative. Zaman’s explicit use of the writing process to re-author her story coupled with her iconic lyric style are what make her story so unique. Every word of Zaman’s memoir is grounded in a profound love and compassion that allows readers to engage with her pain without being accosted by it. We see not a victim, but a fierce warrior woman in charge of her narrative. Her book serves both as a prayer for healing and a guidebook leading us to our higher selves. I devoured every word of her memoir and can't wait to read it again. Whether you are looking for your voice, waiting to be inspired, or just like a well-crafted story, I Am Yours has been written for you.
A Fearless and Gorgeously Rendered Memoir Reema Zaman's inspiring journey to free her voice from the cultural binds that kept her silent is an enthralling and cinematic read. Her unflinching honesty and the poetic beauty of her words are the pearls residing in the pages of this book. Zaman meticulously unpacks the complexity of her own experiences with sexual violence, intimate partner abuse, and anorexia with the clear purpose of offering hope, healing, and companionship to anyone who might find themselves in similar circumstances. I am awed by her compassion to herself and to others, and I celebrate the power of her voice to open space for all of our voices to be heard.
I Am Yours is unlike any memoir I’ve read. It’s written as a love letter to her inner voice, an outpouring of love and acceptance. Reema Zaman has taken back her voice from those who wished to silence it, writing for all of us whom have ever felt invisible. This book is intrinsically female, and that is its overwhelming beauty and its strength. Zaman takes the reader from her childhood through an path littered with men who sought to own her, diminish her, and wound her, and then brings us out into the light of reclaiming herself, her voice, and her power. Laced through it all is the reflective, wiser narrator, putting the events of her life in context of the greater feminine experience. In this way, Zaman makes the personal universal.