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"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"-- ...more
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Published January 1st 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
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Tess
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a bit baffled by the description of this book versus the content. It is clearly a memoir, as it depicts the author's life from her literal birth up until the decision to write said book. It seems to be a lot of platitudes from someone who has a very privileged background. I feel for the author's trauma and struggles, but I do not understand how this is translated into the description of a women's revolution and freeing our voices. I was also taken aback by the fat-shaming, and discussions o ...more
Angela
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know that this was a memoir when I requested it from Netgalley and I'm so glad that I didn't because I normally don't read that genre very often. It wouldn't have been my first choice and then I would have missed out on this absolute gem of a book. That said, addressing some of the negative reviews of the novel, this is a memoir of HER life. She doesn't have to be representative of anything other than herself, or explain why she made any of her decisions because it's HER life. That's li ...more
Vishy
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Reema Zaman's memoir, 'I Am Yours', recently and I was excited to read it.

In the book, Reema Zaman tells the story of her life, by narrating it to her imaginary friend from childhood. She describes how her parents got married, how her mother was a talented, literary person before she got married while still a student, about her own birth, about how her father first moved to Hawaii and then to Thailand on work, taking his family with him, how Reema Zaman grew up there as a child and
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Erin Khar
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so fortunate to be sent an advanced copy of this phenomenal book. Reema Zaman spins literary magic out of love, emotional abuse, and life affirming moments. Her voice is so compelling. The prose is beautiful. This book is all about finding love in and around yourself. I highly recommend.
SheLovesThePages
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really wonderful story. Zaman shares her story with us. It has that smash the patriarchy feel. What women do to conform to societal norms. I found her writing beautiful. And i recommend this book!
Renee // Feminist Book Club Box and Podcast
I Am Yours is a wild ride from page 1. Zaman's experience growing up as an average-looking Bengali girl where she stood out no matter what in Oahu and Bangkok gave her the strength and tenacity to endure the chaos of becoming a working actor and model in New York while juggling difficult romantic relationships, anorexia, and a desire to make an impact on this wold. This book is that impact. It's clear the author draws inspiration from writers like Elizabeth Gilbert and Glennon Doyle and her memo ...more
Ronita Banerjee
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I am here. I love you. I am yours."

Name- I am Yours
Written by- Reema Zaman
Published by- Amberjack Publishing
Pages- 317
Review-
Who does we truly belong to in this world?
There might be several answers to this question but the right one would be- "ourselves"..
"I am yours" is a beautiful memoir written by Reema Zaman. Memoirs are personal, memoirs truly belong to the author.
Reema Zaman's life might not be special or out of ordinary but it is much more. A tale of a journey. A journey towards self-di
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Dana Mich
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The #MeToo movement has created a vital outlet for women to break the silence, and understandably, the focus has centered on women’s anger. But what women need, now more than ever, is a courageous first-person narrative that celebrates the one true agent of empowerment: self-love. Reema Zaman’s memoir, I Am Yours, (which I was lucky enough to read in advance) is the manifestation of this message. Readers follow Zaman's journey beginning with her upbringing in a patriarchal society and household, ...more
Michele
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could buy limitless copies of this book and give it to everyone I know, then just to people that need to know they are loved, have a voice and matter! Reema Zaman is pure love and she has gone through some tough s!&t. To arrive on the other side sure of herself and purpose is so inspiring. Get it, read it, share it!
Abby Maslin
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't catch my breath my entire way through this stunning memoir. Zaman's prose is both poetic and distinctive; I'm not sure I can think of another author whose nonfiction writing is quite so lyrical. I fell in love with Reema over the course of this book and found myself nodding, "Me too," at so many of the poignant and painful moments of womanhood she describes here. Of course, this is what the author intended all along. This is a memoir about her life, but it is indeed the journey of eve ...more
Amy Bond
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The poetry of Reema Zaman’s beautiful book “I Am Yours” is so flawless and so musical that when I read it, it feels like she’s whisper singing the words of it into my ear, like a secret she is sharing with only me. It is so vulnerable and trusting that reading “I Am Yours” is akin to looking into a puddle after rain and seeing my own reflection in a clearer light. Even though her experiences are hers, she tells them with such bold understanding that her stories feel universally mine too.
Melanie Brooks
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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joni edelman
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for this debut.

I was lucky enough to be given an advanced reader of this and I devoured it.

There is discussion of eating disorder which I’d like to bring attention to but also note that each persons struggle is their own. It hasn’t been called a body positive memoir so I’d take that awareness into the reading.

What is special is how Reema tells her story. A good writer can make anything interesting.

Reema’s voice is unique and beautiful and a gift to the world of memoir. It’s a 2019
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Karen
I admit, I struggled with the writing style of this book. The author writes to her imaginary friend/ other self. She reminisces, tells her story sometimes talking to this other self. Throughout the book I wondered, is this an imaginary friend she hasnt6grown out of, does she have another personality i.e. a dissociative personality disorder, or schizophrenia? It distracts from the narrative. She also writes in metaphors. I love a good metaphor but sentence after sentence of them just overwhelms t ...more
Dora Okeyo
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beauty of memoirs is that they give you an insight into an author’s experiences, struggles and life changing moments. Reema’s childhood is one where she sees what conforming does to the voice of her loved ones.

"I search myself for hunger only to realize I haven’t the kind that can be sated with a meal. Still, I should join them."

She also struggles with control and the strong desire to be heard, respected and most of all- to have her word taken as first of all her truth and also law like she’
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Deborah Stevens
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Memoirs are so hard to review. Their authors expose themselves on the page and my impulse is to clap and cheer and wish them well. So let me start by clapping, cheering, and wishing Ms. Zaman well!

But a brave and eventful life does not guarantee a good book, and what I am evaluating here is the book, not the life.

This book is addressed throughout to "my love." We learn that this is both the voice in Ms. Zaman's head, and her since-childhood imaginary friend. I found this jarring. And much of th
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Lara Lillibridge
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 in ...more
kglibrarian  (Karin Greenberg)
Reema Zaman's writing is like a soothing balm-- her words take on an ethereal quality even when she's writing about the troubling issues on which she focuses throughout her narrative.

The book is written as a love letter to love itself, or the imaginary, higher self she clings to for comfort. She catalogues her life from an early age up until the present. Born in Bangkok, her diplomat father moves them first to Hawaii, and then to Thailand, where she spends the majority of her formative years. At
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Soumya John
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Am Yours is the love story of a woman and her voice, something that's frightening to so many.
Through frames of growing up in a broken home, birthing mental health illnesses, and facing men who abuse their power, Reema Zaman's resolve to rise and unite with her truth remains constant.
With her poetic and sharp prose, she makes you viscerally feel each moment she arrests you in.
From her orthodox household in Bangladesh to the elite and murky sides of Thailand; from cutthroat, glamorous New York
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Lisa Ellison
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 emo ...more
Jennifer
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful book has shaken me. Reema Zaman writes in a clear, poetic way that is haunting yet touching and real. But in spite of the captivating writing style, I think the book affected me so much because I too have experienced emotional abuse. It's a hidden trauma, but this book has opened doors for acknowledgment of the truth and healing. I would caution readers that the content can be challenging and triggering to read. But we do have a voice, and "I Am Yours" is a gentle and firm reminde ...more
Renee
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Am Yours is a sketch of the ways Zaman fought against her patriarchal thinking and her cultural need to silence her voice. Besides her powerful story, what I liked most about this book was the un-memoir way she wrote this book-she didn't start at birth and does not end t the present. Zaman is not writing for potential readers but for family members she hasn’t yet met. She is writing for all of us. ...more
IquoImoh Terry
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an sincere, courageous story. A must read for women who will not backdown to patriarchy. The author speaks with such passion and it’s as if she is setting in your living room pouring her life out to you. Couldn’t put this book down.
Sue
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reema Zaman, born in Bangladesh, raised in Hawaii and Bankok, spent her life seeking the book that expressed what she needed to say. Finally, she had to write it. We follow her story from a childhood of “loud silence” with an abusive father and anorexia to New York, where she works as a model and actress while supporting herself with babysitting. During those years, she is raped, treated like nothing but a pretty face, and continually falls into unhealthy relationships with bullying men. We watc ...more
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
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I Am Yours is a raw and emotional memoir where the author shares stories from personal experiences in her life. The book starts with stories from her youth until the present. Through her personal experiences, she describes vivid events that shaped her into the women she is today.

Zaman has a very lyrical quality in her writing style that makes the reading pace very smooth. Each section is set up at a different stage in the author’s life and
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Menna
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
More like a 3.5 rating. The Dear Sugars podcast episode on emotional abuse that featured Reema Zaman was one of the most compelling things I heard in 2018. I pre-ordered her memoir as soon as I had Wi-Fi access again. I definitely felt seen by this book, especially the parts that describe her parents' relationship and her upbringing. It was as empowering as I expected, but there were a few aspects of the reading experience that ticked me off. I didn't appreciate her repetition of needing to be a ...more
Jeremy Reppy
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I Am Yours" is a well-written and interesting memoir. Reema Zaman has had a diverse range of experiences. As a Bangladeshi woman raised in a Muslim culture, and who spent many years as a child in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as other parts of the world, she has an upbringing and experiences that many Americans cannot relate to it, especially a white male Christian such as myself. Readers who are minorities, women, or immigrants will likely see many similarities between themselves and the author i ...more
Dhrisya
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: march

Came across this book accidentally when i was browsing through netgalley and having never tried out the genre of "Memoir", I decided to give it a chance.
"I AM YOURS: A SHARED MEMOIR", the title of book might at first seems cheesy but when you finally start reading it will be revealed to you the greatest suspense in this title and you just keep on reading, growing with it. The book being not an ordinary memoir but a shared one for that matter holds collective memory of lot of people and is the sw
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Madeline Elsinga
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished I am Yours: a Shared memoir by Reema Zaman and wow! I was immediately pulled into the prose and her beautiful writing. The ways she described everyday things like the sky painted a picture in my mind. Zaman writes about her life and wanting to be a voice for those who have no voice and I think she accomplishes this goal! She tells her life story from childhood and struggles with anorexia to adulthood and relationships. Although a heart breaking story at times of darkness and the ...more
Kriti
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Tell the truth or someone will tell it for you”

This is what I think of while reading this book. It’s a memoir of Reema Zaman, organized from Birth to adulthood. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I’m really glad I had the opportunity to experience this memoir. She writes about her childhood, relationships with her parents, career, and more importantly – her relationship with the word “LOVE”. Reading abuot her life made me stop and think back to her college days – women’s studies, being opi
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As featured in the New York Times, Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, illustrator, and actress, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writer of Color Fellow 2018. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Thailand, she moved to the United States at 18. Her memoir, I AM YOURS, tells the story of her unwavering fight to protect and free her voice from those who have sought to silence her. Reema explores ...more

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