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Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

Geschrieben von Kiese Laymon

Erzählt von Kiese Laymon


Heavy: An American Memoir

Geschrieben von Kiese Laymon

Erzählt von Kiese Laymon

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Länge:
6 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Oct 16, 2018
ISBN:
9781508265818
Format:
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Beschreibung

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.

Freigegeben:
Oct 16, 2018
ISBN:
9781508265818
Format:
Hörbuch

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Über den Autor

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and 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)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    Such truth, so moving. I am humbled. A moving memoire.
  • (5/5)
    The title says it all....HEAVY....I was transported to grandmas porch ....
  • (5/5)
    STUNNING!

    The word “Heavy” can apply to a lot of the experiences that were described throughout this memoir.

    Weight. Families. Racism. Sex. Relationships.

    This memoir was EVERYTHING.
  • (5/5)
    A very powerful and important memior. A must read. Love that it is read by the author
  • (5/5)
    Wonderfully written and Kiese was very engaging with his narration of the text. In many instances I felt like I was listening to a family member or friend tell stories that sounded way too familiar, as if they were stories of my own... HEAVY
  • (5/5)
    One of the most beautiful things I’ve read in a long while
  • (5/5)
    This book was the truth for so many black families.
  • (5/5)
    Every African American young man should read!

    It is reflective of a mother’s raising and more importantly reflective of the unspoken experience of an African American boy.- like many without a father who learns to make his own stance.

    The experience is exposed with an abundance of words (his mother’s teachings).

    It is a truce that unveils the burdens in which is carried to rise to the occasion of knowing self importance. Become his best self. See the blatant truth of the matter to call out the lies and make a difference! To continue to stand against the harshness of the world, put down the weight so that he may partake of his future.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully poetic. An excellent, honest, heartfelt, well written and well read work.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best author-read audiobooks I've ever listened to and one of the best memoirs I've read in recent memory.
  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This book was so amazing! The audiobook was so good, it really bought this story to life.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    What an amazing, deep and raw memoir! A definite must-read.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Enthralled! Enrapture! Mesmerized! Charmed Voice Narration! Healing! Warrior energy! Affection! Protection! Hidden emotions! Introspection! Caution! Careful Decisions! Multi-dimensional! Dark and Light! Immortality! Dignity! Self-confidence! Self-esteem! Knowledge! Refinement! Beauty and Truth! Sexuality! Pride! Curiosity and much much more!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    The raw honesty that is this book connected with me in way I will never fully understand as a white women. Thank you for sharing this and for educating your readers, me.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I don’t have words yet to describe the experience of listening to this book. There were so many moments of enlightenment and sadness and hope and despair. It was a beautiful memoir and brought to light so many pieces of a world I had no idea about. It’s worth the listen, and I may go back and listen again.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    No words... speechless... truly... really an incredible piece of work

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Raw, truth and so much passion. Narrator really nailed it!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    From the first chapter, I felt like I was holding my breathe the entire time. Laymon took hold of my interest and held on to it to the very end. His way with words, his humorous way of diminishing his sorrows and misery, and absolute command (at least he tried to project that) of situations he found himself in, was masterful.

    I laughed at the line about the revolutionary conference in Nairobi maybe a little too much because I’m from Kenya and the image it conjured up in my mind was hilarious. My heart bled and my spirit drowned in tears for Layla, even for Laymon’s mom (the image of her picture at the grocery store against the backdrop of a known and learned media personality was sad). So much darkness, so much of a burden to bear for a young brilliant man. The truth hurts. But the pain is healing especially for those who have gone through such abuses that culturally, the black family turns a blind eye on, covers, makes excuses for. It’s my hope that in writing this, Laymon found healing and a new lease at the life that many times, seemed doomed.

    A memoir that can’t be described as amazing, since only the words are, because the heaviness of it all, is just too much ???. Thank you for sharing your soul with us.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Enlightening!!! An eye opening glimpse into the author’s life truth!!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This book. This book was "Heavy". Kie is carrying the weight of his generations on his shoulders and eventually...he breaks. His relationship with his mother is strained and as much as she has accomplished educationally, she has her own demons that are crippling her. Heavy.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Incredible. He wasn't kidding when he titled this Heavy. So well written. Utterly captivating.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Excellent, searingly honest memoir. So much to learn in here, grateful for the chance.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    This book was a black man's story that rang so true. Just because he looked like a success does not mean that life and our society had not messed him up inside. Loved it and everyone should read this. Told as pure poetry.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Excellent book. Author had me engaged from beginning to end.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I'm in love with his writing. Poetic, deep, heartbreaking, honest. 5 stars.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich