An American Memoir

Book - 2018
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"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"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, [2018]
ISBN: 9781501125652
Branch Call Number: 308.896 LAYMON
Characteristics: xiv, 241 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 22, 2019

Five stars. This was my favorite book of 2018, and my favorite book for the last many years. It is a beautiful memoir and I highly recommend the audiobook version, as Laymon narrates it himself beautifully. A must read for anyone who has had a mother, which is everyone.

Apr 18, 2019

How Laymon was able to get some much emotion into this memoir about his family and the impact of being black had on him is a feat. Not being from the south, not having to have my life reflect the honor of an entire race, knowing that what ever I did was going to meet with success, this was a real eyeopener as to why “Black Lives Matter.”

JCLMELODYK Dec 19, 2018

This immediately reminded me of Roxanne Gay's Hunger. It is a difficult read and several scenes have burned into my mind with such fierce sadness that I will never forget them. Generational poverty, racism and addiction are the themes. If you like Hunger or Between the World and Me you'll like Heavy.

Nov 29, 2018

"I did not write about us. I wanted to write an American memoir."
Other books of interest: "Hunger," "The Beautiful Struggle," "There Will Be No Miracles Here," "Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching," pretty much any non-fiction by James Baldwin.


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