When We Rise: My Life in the Movement

Cleve Jones. Hachette, $27 (256p) ISBN 978-0-316-31543-2
Jones, an activist and grassroots organizer, weaves together his own coming-of-age story and the broader story of the struggle for LGBTQ rights and safety in America. Much of the story is rooted in San Francisco in the 1970s and ’80s, and Jones writes powerfully about the rise of Harvey Milk, who became San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official in 1977. This is an ode San Francisco during a bygone era when the city was a gay sanctuary and crucible for activism. Jones also details the genesis and execution of the stunningly elegiac Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and how that labor of collective love parlayed a feeling of loss into hope for resilience. Over the course of the book, readers experience Jones’s own personal journey from closeted young man contemplating suicide to a noted player in the history of the gay rights movement who was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie Milk in 2008. The book’s many rose-colored vignettes, coupled with Jones’s impressive accomplishments as an activist, serve as an inspiring reminder that one can go from “daydreaming about sex and revolution” to making them reality. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/03/2016
Release date: 11/29/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
Open Ebook - 256 pages - 978-0-316-31544-9
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