An American Memoir
Author(s): Kiese Laymon
Awards:2019-NonFiction-Winner-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Oct 16, 2018
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Product Number: Z100138529
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508265818
Narrator/s: Kiese Laymon
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*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics* In this powerful, provocative, and universally lauded memoir—winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and finalist for the Kirkus Prize—genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon "provocatively meditates on his trauma growing up as a black man, and in turn crafts an essential polemic against American moral rot" (Entertainment Weekly). 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 time in New York as a college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. Heavy is a "gorgeous, guttinggenerous" (The New York Times) memoir that combines personal stories with piercing intellect to reflect both on the strife of American society and on Laymon's experiences with abuse. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, he asks 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 book for people who appreciated Roxane Gay's memoir Hunger" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family through years of haunting implosions and long reverberations. "You won't be able to put [this memoir] downIt is packed with reminders of how black dreams get skewed and deferred, yet are also pregnant with the possibility that a kind of redemption may lie in intimate grappling with black realities" (The Atlantic).

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Author(s): Kiese Laymon
Narrator(s): Kiese Laymon
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Released: Sep 04, 2018
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Author(s): Kiese Laymon
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"Writer Keise Laymon (HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA) narrates his memoir of growing up in the South, focusing on his fraught relationship with his mother and its effect on his life. He employs a colloquial, painful tone to declare the revelatory discomforts of their relationship. Yet he intentionally plays with language, utilizing repetition at times. His voice sometimes projects tiredness, specifically when he discusses his fluctuating weight, his candidness freely conveying his vulnerability. As the audiobook title suggests, he talks of the strengths and weaknesses of being HEAVY in his black body. This work reflects discomfort, clarity, and truth about who he is and who he wants to be. Laymon holds the weight of the world in the words he writes and speaks. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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