Heavy

Heavy

An American Memoir

eBook - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
3
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Scribner, 2018
ISBN: 9781501125690
Characteristics: 1 online resource
data file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
b
brangwinn
Apr 18, 2019

How Laymon was able to get some much emotion into this memoir about his family and the impact of being black had on him is a feat. Not being from the south, not having to have my life reflect the honor of an entire race, knowing that what ever I did was going to meet with success, this was a real eyeopener as to why “Black Lives Matter.”

JCLMELODYK Dec 19, 2018

This immediately reminded me of Roxanne Gay's Hunger. It is a difficult read and several scenes have burned into my mind with such fierce sadness that I will never forget them. Generational poverty, racism and addiction are the themes. If you like Hunger or Between the World and Me you'll like Heavy.

l
lukasevansherman
Nov 29, 2018

"I did not write about us. I wanted to write an American memoir."
Other books of interest: "Hunger," "The Beautiful Struggle," "There Will Be No Miracles Here," "Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching," pretty much any non-fiction by James Baldwin.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SAPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top