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The Resource Heavy : an American memoir, Kiese Laymon

Heavy : an American memoir, Kiese Laymon

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Heavy : an American memoir
Title
Heavy
Title remainder
an American memoir
Statement of responsibility
Kiese Laymon
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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Laymon, Kiese
Dewey number
813/.6
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LC call number
PS3612.A959
LC item number
A3 2018ab
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  • memoirs
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Read by Kiese Laymon
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  • Laymon, Kiese
  • Laymon, Kiese
  • Laymon, Kiese
  • African Americans
  • Compulsive gamblers
  • Eating disorders
  • Mother and child
  • African Americans
  • Compulsive gamblers
  • Eating disorders
  • Families
  • Mother and child
  • United States
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Heavy : an American memoir, Kiese Laymon
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Unabridged.
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1 online resource (1 sound file (6 hr., 19 min., 55 sec.))
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online
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9781508265818
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Heavy : an American memoir, Kiese Laymon
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
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digital storage
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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spoken word
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rdacontent
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Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (6 hr., 19 min., 55 sec.))
File format
unknown
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online
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not applicable
Isbn
9781508265818
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not applicable
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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digital.
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40ddecd5-c9fd-4cf6-9702-2428f177bad9
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not applicable
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unknown
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sound
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digital recording
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other
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  • (OCoLC)1057342474
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