Heavy

Heavy

An American Memoir

Book - 2018
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kaseybreda
Aug 22, 2020

241 pages

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therebeccaharris
Jul 03, 2020

https://electricliterature.com/46-books-by-women-of-color-to-read-in-2018/

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zoeythekat
Jun 06, 2020

Written to the author's mother, this memoir is beautiful, thought-provoking, and compelling.

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msdelrios
Jan 27, 2020

Jan 2020

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buttssarah
Nov 04, 2019

Intense. Beautiful. Good education for this white presenting, privileged American female.

ArapahoeStaff26 Jul 29, 2019

Passionate, and intense. The dishonesty and denial that inform all of American society with regard to race shaped Kiese Layman from childhood on. The painful legacy of slavery twists personal growth and relationships among family and friends. Laymon’s mother physically and emotionally abused him; given the context of their lives it is not hard to understand her motives – both conscious and unconscious.

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sailorholladay22
Jun 22, 2019

Five stars. This was my favorite book of 2018, and my favorite book for the last many years. It is a beautiful memoir and I highly recommend the audiobook version, as Laymon narrates it himself beautifully. A must read for anyone who has had a mother, which is everyone.

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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.

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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.


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