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Heavy av Kiese Laymon
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Heavy (utgåvan 2018)

av Kiese Laymon (Författare)

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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"--… (mer)
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Titel:Heavy
Författare:Kiese Laymon (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster Audio (2018)
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Heavy: An American Memoir av Kiese Laymon

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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 |
Stunning. In both (all) senses of the word. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
Even more stunning and devastating than I could have ever expected. I appreciated how he structured this collection around his struggles with his weight and addressing the book to his mother to really pick apart the way racism has impacted his life. Every bit as fantastic as the hype. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Laymon takes us through his life – experiences with sexual violence to his time as a young college professor. He explores the complicated relationship between him and his mother and the need to reveal lies and secrets his family spent years trying to avoid.

The memoir reveals the consequences of growing up in a world only interested in progress and not interested in taking care of or reckoning with, where we’ve been. See link to this memoir and many other works by Laymon.

Review from: The Write of Your Life. A List of Books About Racism
  stlukeschurch | Mar 8, 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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