I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir

Reema Zaman. Amberjack, $24.99 (326p) ISBN 978-1-948705-11-0
Public speaker Zaman debuts with the powerful account of how she grew from being a voiceless girl to a woman with a confident “roar.” Born in 1984 in Bangladesh to loving but mismatched parents (their marriage was arranged), Zaman became a rebellious, anorexic teen; attended Skidmore College; and, after graduation, moved to Manhattan to work as an actress. There she encountered an artistically invigorating but harsh world in which she was date-raped and later married an emotionally abusive man. Zaman can be very perceptive (“Sometimes death is the force that stuns us alive”); however, readers may recognize the red flags that she missed until too late—such as her husband demanding she change her dress and blot her makeup before going out. Zaman writes of her refusal to let abusive relationships alter her, choosing instead to listen to her inner voice that tells her, “All I need, I have.” She eventually divorces her husband and finds her inner strength, realizing that “what will always matter is the woman I am with or without him.” This lovely work of hope and resilience will resonate with women struggling to find their voice and place in the world. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 04/04/2019
Release date: 02/01/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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