Format:
Book
Author:
Laymon, Kiese, author.
Title:
Heavy : an American memoir / Kiese Laymon.
Edition:
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : Scribner, [2018]
©2018
Description:
xiv, 241 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate--a mother-child relationship--to the most universal--a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries"-- Provided by publisher.
"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. 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 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 responsibly love"-- Provided by publisher.
Subjects:
Laymon, Kiese.
Laymon, Kiese -- Family.
Laymon, Kiese.
African Americans -- Biography.
Compulsive gamblers -- United States -- Biography.
Eating disorders -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Mother and child -- United States.
African Americans.
Compulsive gamblers.
Eating disorders -- Patients.
Families.
Mother and child.
HISTORY / United States / General.
African Americans -- Biography.
United States.
United States.
Genre:
Autobiographies.
Biography.
Autobiographies.
Carnegie Medal -- 2019.
Biography.
Contents:
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 -- Bend.
LCCN:
2018002915
ISBN:
9781501125652
1501125656
9781501125669
1501125664
Other Number:
1044612166
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
394193
Call Number:
B Laymon
Course Reserves:
0
# System items in:
1