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Heavy: An American Memoir por Kiese Laymon
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Heavy: An American Memoir (edição 2019)

por Kiese Laymon (Autor)

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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"--… (mais)
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Título:Heavy: An American Memoir
Autores:Kiese Laymon (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2019), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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Read this one for #EkpesBookClub. This one was a gripping, gut-punching read that discusses some of the very real challenges faced by African Americans and within black culture in the US. In his letter/essay to his mother, the author does not hold back with his discussion of abuse, sexual violence, racism, poverty, discrimination, health, and relationships. He’s also unsparing when it comes to the cultural, societal, and systemic problems that blacks, women, and the poor face in the US. This one will stay with me for a long time. This quote, really hit home: “America seems filled with violent people who like causing people pain but hate when those people tell them that pain hurts.”

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  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
In this intense memoir, novelist and professor Kiese Laymon writes about his life as a Black child in Deep South and as an adult in the North. The narrative is addressed to his mercurial mother, with whom he is enmeshed in a confusing, overpowering relationship. As he tries to break free from her, he finds himself trapped in three impulse control disorders: first binging, then starving, then, finally, compulsive gambling. He also discusses how pervasive racism has affected him psychologically, emotionally, and physically.

This book, which many have called "stunning," deserves to be read, and as Laymon suggests of other books, reread. ( )
  akblanchard | Aug 23, 2021 |
I need to process this more but I can say I think anyone who has an opportunity to read this book should. Important, powerful, and beautifully written. Gorgeous prose. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 16, 2021 |
Keise Laymon Mississippi memoir written mostly as thoughts to his mother, the story of being an adventurous black child who lived with his Grandmama while his mother was pursuing her PhD. An imperfect adult with addictions, issues with women, job discrimination, and difficulties holding it together while seeing that others are getting more privileges. Takes you through much of his triumphs, hardships, and failures. He was given unique homework assignments by his Grandmama and his Mother to practice his writing skills. Compare and contrast politicians, write in the style of Faulkner, and other things. All with the justified cause that the white man might shoot you out of the sky, in so many possible ways, if you don't prove a superior mastery of subjects and skills. This Andrew Carnegie Medal award winning book is important, so that we can understand, what makes it not easy to breathe while being Black. He only touches on some of the racism that he has endured but it's enough to get the idea of why being Black itself is very heavy. This was an book that I read in a day, and enjoyed very much, and Highly recommend as it will spotlight and activate a clearer interpretation of societal flaws that prevent productive outcomes. ( )
  AllBooks4me | Jul 12, 2021 |
Aptly titled, Heavy is a memoir written by the talented Kiese Laymon, often lyrical, ostensibly addressed to his mother, who is the "you" in the narrative. However, it often feels addressed to the reader instead. The heaviness goes way beyond Laymon's ongoing weight struggles to the weight of the lies, racism, poverty, mental and sexual abuse, hunger, coming of age, including importantly his relations with women (mother, grandmother, girlfriends, etc.), and ultimately, his fears, insecurities, and development. Laymon is a sensitive soul in a very hard and unforgiving world. It minces no words in describing the differences in the ways whites and blacks are treated, not just in Mississippi, but all over, including Millsap and Vassar Colleges.

I found the book utterly depressing, despite Laymon's graduation from Oberlin College to become a professor, and while it was helpful in understanding the many trials faced by Laymon, it did not seem to offer any solutions. Maybe that's the point -- that readers need to think about people's backgrounds more. I was horrified by Laymon's mother, who beat Kiese, neglected him emotionally and barely fed him at times, and then took advantage of him for money to feed her compulsive gambling. Thank goodness for his grandmother. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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"--

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