Black Boy Out of Time

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An eloquent, restless, and enlightening memoir by one of the most thought-provoking journalists today about growing up Black and queer in America, reuniting with the past, and coming of age their own way.

One of nineteen children in a blended family, Hari Ziyad was raised by a Hindu Hare Kṛṣṇa mother and a Muslim father. Through reframing their own coming-of-age story, Ziyad takes readers on a powerful journey of growing up queer and Black in Cleveland, Ohio, and of navigating the equally complex path toward finding their true self in New York City. Exploring childhood, gender, race, and the trust that is built, broken, and repaired through generations, Ziyad investigates what it means to live beyond the limited narratives Black children are given and challenges the irreconcilable binaries that restrict them.

Heartwarming and heart-wrenching, radical and reflective, Hari Ziyad’s vital memoir is for the outcast, the unheard, the unborn, and the dead. It offers us a new way to think about survival and the necessary disruption of social norms. It looks back in tenderness as well as justified rage, forces us to address where we are now, and, born out of hope, illuminates the possibilities for the future.

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  • Shanita Hubbard

    I fell in love with this book after reading the first three paragraphs. The writing is simply beautiful and the story is completely compelling. Their work is consistently brilliant and this book is no...

  • Natasha

    A powerful and eloquent book- I am so glad I selected it on Amazon’s Prime First Reads. Often times it was so devastatingly sad, but I could not stop reading it. I also found myself smiling at certa...

  • Dawn

    i really thought i’d enjoy this, i really wanted to enjoy this, but i didn’t. it felt as if ziyad was trying to smash three books (that would have probably all been strong in their own) into one t...

  • Richard Propes

    I tried desperately to connect with Hari Ziyad's "Black Boy Out of Time: A Memoir," an Amazon First Read that I consistently respected but could never quite fully embrace. Ziyad grew up as one of nine...

  • Lisa

    This is a tough read, because it forces you to think deeply about sociological problems that you wish weren’t there. It took me a little bit to get into the format of this, which consists of bits of...

  • Kaja

    DNFI felt like the first 2/3 of this book were good and points were well made. I couldn’t bring myself to read about childhood sexual abuse, so I skipped that chapter and then I just didn’t want t...

  • Bookworm

    As Black History Month continues in the United States, I was curious about this memoir, offered via the Kindle First Reads program. Never heard of the author, but the title and cover had me super inte...

  • Ghanasyam Bey

    Love the brutally honest, artful weaving in out of personal stories to broader observations about important issues in society like race, gender, class, etc. ...

  • Boys Inside Books

    I approached this memoir with great anticipation, knowing Hari Ziyad would further illuminate a black, queer life and hopefully offer comfort in a shared identity to my own. I fortunately received not...

  • Zen Pace

    I have been surrounded by death recently. In my own life, in my head, little deaths happening everyday. And sometimes I feel overwhelmed. My obsessions trigger me, then bring me comfort. As if knowing...