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.
"Zaman writes beautifully of the frustration and pain of being a woman in a man's world, an immigrant in a world suspicious of outsiders." —New York Times Book Review
Reema Zaman is an award-winning actress, speaker, screenwriter, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir I Am Yours. I Am Yours has been adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an Innovation Grant from the Oregon Department of Education and is being adapted into a movie.
Reema’s work has appeared in Vogue, Ms. Magazine, the Guardian, Salon, and other leading outlets. Reema is a renowned speaker and has been performing worldwide since she was six years old. She was the 2018 Oregon Literary Arts’ Writer of Color Fellow and is currently partnering with the International Rescue Committee and Girls Inc. to serve crucial causes and empower the next generation of leaders. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Thailand, Reema splits her time between Portland, New York, and Los Angeles. As the only Reema Zaman in the world, she is easy to find on social media. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter and at www.reemazaman.com.
“Zaman archives a personal journey that’s intimate and attuned to a wider cultural moment. A staggering work filled with presence, I Am Yours provides a profound explanation of love, delivered as an act of witness. Powerfully vulnerable and eloquent, Zaman’s voice is a fire—full-throated, wide-open, and roaring.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review
“Reema Zaman’s writing is a revelation and a revolution for women everywhere. Her lyrical prose introduces you to a world that every woman has lived in at some point in her life: one of doubt, and fear, and relentless questioning of yourself and everything you know, and then breaks it all open to create new possibilities and hope, firmly grounded in resilience. “ —Megan Kovacs, Director of Community Relations, Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
"When I heard Reema Zaman speak at a reading soon after the 2016 election, I thought, This is the soundtrack of a modern resistance.” —Guernica Magazine
“The lasting grace of I Am Yours resides in Zaman’s exquisite and lyrical voice, at once searing and tender, that bravely seeks to portray the timeless complexities of the female condition and speak truth to power.” —Ms.Magazine
"There is an unwavering confidence to Zaman's prose. A pulse point, that calls to mind unflinching memorists that precede her. Melissa Febos and Cheryl Strayed." —Chicago Review of Books
“A healing book that lifts you up. One woman’s testimony and heart on the page. Reema Zaman’s grace is staggering and true. What a gift.” —Terese Mailhot, New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries
“This book is a powerful portrait of Reema Zaman and her pursuit of empowering herself and others to heal from adversity and reclaim their own voice and bodies for themselves. Zaman’s resilience is undeniable, and her poetic and honest voice add to a deeply moving and unforgettable memoir.” —Nadya Okamoto, author of PERIOD: A Menstrual Movement, Founder of PERIOD
“A fabulous trajectory of powerful transformation.” —Forbes
“Zaman’s lines of love to her readers are urgent, unhurried, generous, and, yes, uniquely deserving of the appellation gorgeous.” —The New York Journal of Books