I had never heard of Grace Lee Boggs until her death in 2015 and it sounded like she had a very interesting life based on obituaries. So I've had this book on my to-read list for a while and it seemed like a good time to read up on an activist I knew very little about.
As you can imagine, it's the life and times of Boggs, from her early childhood to how she became involved with various groups, the history she witnessed and the death of her husband. Initially she seems like a real force of a personality but the book quickly goes downhill after the first chapter or so. As other reviews note, unless you're already steeped in the history of the movements and groups Boggs talks about, it was pretty easy to get lost in the wider context. Her train of thought also tended to go off the rails into tangents quite a bit.
And quite frankly, I just didn't like the author. Initially it seemed like she must have been a real force of a personality in real life but after awhile it got a bit eye-rolly and obnoxious. Unfortunately I just felt the author was a bit full of herself (and perhaps for good reason but at the same time I also have some suspicions that may be completely unfounded) and it just filtered through in the book.
I'll grant that part of it is that I have very little knowledge of Boggs and that someone who is more knowledgeable about her life and times and her circles might enjoy this book a lot better. As for me I'm glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't buy it.