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Paperback Heavy : an American memoir / Kiese Laymon
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019
ISBN: 1526605767 9781526605764
Control number 1526605767
What does the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies and deception do to a black body, a black family and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse? In 'Heavy', Laymon writes 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 career as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, abuse, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing and ultimately gambling.