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Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

Написано Kiese Laymon

Озвучено Kiese Laymon


Heavy: An American Memoir

Написано Kiese Laymon

Озвучено Kiese Laymon

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Oct 16, 2018
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9781508265818
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In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon 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.

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we've been.

In Heavy, 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 mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. 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 in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.

A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family that begins with a confusing childhood-and continues through twenty-five years of haunting implosions and long reverberations.

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Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division, the memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.



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  • (5/5)
    Really unique voice and I really enjoyed the narration! Give this a listen
  • (4/5)
    Very interesting ordinary life. Filled will successful and educated persons living pay check to pay check. Good grandmama words of wisdom and plenty of disfunction. It left we wondering where is everyone now.
  • (4/5)
    It wasn't an easy read, and yet it resonated on so many levels. Laymon talks about his childhood, his mother, their (mutual) abuse, later on, their addictions too. He speak of America as seen through the eyes of a heavy black male which so often just didn't fit the picture drawn for him by media or his non-black peers. This is cultural heritage, this is a window to a life I'd never know, and a life I'd never know of, if I hadn't read this book. I felt grateful upon reading it. For Laymon's thorough, bold introduction to him and his life. This book inspired me to become a better ally, the same way that Laymon tried to be an ally for women. Unique story, well-narrated, often shocking and disturbing - the book IS "heavy".
  • (5/5)
    Unforgettable! Kiese’s story will stay with me for a long time. Having the author read his work immersed me entirely.
  • (5/5)
    Definitely an honest revelation/look into one Black America life but spoke volumes to life in this country for black people.

    I loved it.
  • (5/5)
    This is the most powerful piece of literature I have ever read in my life beyond (Between The World and Me) this honesty allows you to feel every single line the author provides his audience. His mom is a central aspect and if you are black in America you will understand the trials and tribulations he exhibits. Thank you Ke thank you so much for this.