Heavy : An American Memoir

Heavy : An American Memoir



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In this powerful and provocative memoir, Kiese Laymon fearlessly explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of living in a country wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we've been. Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his family, weight, sex, gambling, and writing. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few of us know how to love responsibly.
Call Number Location Status Due Date
305.896 LAYAdult NonfictionOut7/9/19

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Edition Statement :

First Scribner hardcover edition.

Content :

Prologue: been -- Boy man. Train ; Nan ; Wet ; Be -- Black abundance. Meager ; Contraction ; Hulk ; Gumption -- Home worked. Fantastic ; Disaster ; Already ; Soon -- Addict Americans. Greens ; Terrors ; Seat belts ; Promises -- Epilogue: bend.



Physical Description :

xiv, 241 pages ; 22 cm

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