Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

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 In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of ...

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Title:Heavy: An American Memoir
Author:Kiese Laymon
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Genres:Autobiography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Heavy: An American Memoir Reviews

  • Lisa
    Nov 22, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

  • Rachel Smalter Hall
    Oct 02, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

  • Mehrsa
    Oct 22, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

    Fabulous, poetic, insightful. I'm glad I read Kiese Laymon's book of essays first because there was at least once event (at college threatening the openly racist students) he referred back to and it was useful to know him first as an intellectual writer sharing truths and then getting ...

    This book is lightning and moonglow, but it is also gravity. The title is not a metaphor. While reading it, I felt like I was carrying the weight of centuries of trauma in my bones. I don?t think I?ve ever read a more honest and brutal assessment of a life lived. And yet, Kiese ...

    This book is amazing. Direct. Vulnerable. So super smart. It is vast in all the thing it discusses and intersectional. Race. Gender. Addiction. Body. Blackness. This book is major. Memoir at its best. ...

    The world needed this book a long time ago. Hands down a 5 star read!! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    Powerful memoir about abuse, weight, addiction (but not the usual kind--to food, exercise, and gambling), but mostly about being black and a complicated mother-son relationship. ...

  • Roxane
    Apr 16, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    Nov 08, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

  • kelly
    Nov 05, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

  • Thomas
    Oct 27, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

  • Traci at The Stacks
    Nov 23, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

    Fabulous, poetic, insightful. I'm glad I read Kiese Laymon's book of essays first because there was at least once event (at college threatening the openly racist students) he referred back to and it was useful to know him first as an intellectual writer sharing truths and then getting ...

    This book is lightning and moonglow, but it is also gravity. The title is not a metaphor. While reading it, I felt like I was carrying the weight of centuries of trauma in my bones. I don?t think I?ve ever read a more honest and brutal assessment of a life lived. And yet, Kiese ...

    This book is amazing. Direct. Vulnerable. So super smart. It is vast in all the thing it discusses and intersectional. Race. Gender. Addiction. Body. Blackness. This book is major. Memoir at its best. ...

  • Jade
    Oct 04, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

  • Jade
    Oct 04, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

    Fabulous, poetic, insightful. I'm glad I read Kiese Laymon's book of essays first because there was at least once event (at college threatening the openly racist students) he referred back to and it was useful to know him first as an intellectual writer sharing truths and then getting ...

    This book is lightning and moonglow, but it is also gravity. The title is not a metaphor. While reading it, I felt like I was carrying the weight of centuries of trauma in my bones. I don?t think I?ve ever read a more honest and brutal assessment of a life lived. And yet, Kiese ...

    This book is amazing. Direct. Vulnerable. So super smart. It is vast in all the thing it discusses and intersectional. Race. Gender. Addiction. Body. Blackness. This book is major. Memoir at its best. ...

    The world needed this book a long time ago. Hands down a 5 star read!! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Aug 01, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

  • Wendy Ortiz
    Nov 17, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

  • Ellie
    Dec 02, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

  • Evelyn
    Oct 22, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

  • Sarah
    Dec 09, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jun 27, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

  • Andre
    Aug 23, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

  • Robert
    Nov 21, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

    Fabulous, poetic, insightful. I'm glad I read Kiese Laymon's book of essays first because there was at least once event (at college threatening the openly racist students) he referred back to and it was useful to know him first as an intellectual writer sharing truths and then getting ...

    This book is lightning and moonglow, but it is also gravity. The title is not a metaphor. While reading it, I felt like I was carrying the weight of centuries of trauma in my bones. I don?t think I?ve ever read a more honest and brutal assessment of a life lived. And yet, Kiese ...

  • Aleatha
    Nov 01, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

  • YupIReadIt
    Oct 22, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

  • Jan
    Oct 23, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

  • Michelle
    Nov 05, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

  • Michael
    Nov 08, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

  • Tucker
    Nov 08, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

  • C.M. Arnold
    Dec 07, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

  • Karee
    Nov 06, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

    Fabulous, poetic, insightful. I'm glad I read Kiese Laymon's book of essays first because there was at least once event (at college threatening the openly racist students) he referred back to and it was useful to know him first as an intellectual writer sharing truths and then getting ...

    This book is lightning and moonglow, but it is also gravity. The title is not a metaphor. While reading it, I felt like I was carrying the weight of centuries of trauma in my bones. I don?t think I?ve ever read a more honest and brutal assessment of a life lived. And yet, Kiese ...

    This book is amazing. Direct. Vulnerable. So super smart. It is vast in all the thing it discusses and intersectional. Race. Gender. Addiction. Body. Blackness. This book is major. Memoir at its best. ...

    The world needed this book a long time ago. Hands down a 5 star read!! ...

  • Meike
    Dec 06, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

  • Reggie
    Dec 10, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

  • Mel
    Nov 10, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...

    Whew, ya'll...there's something in my eyes... This is a beautiful book. In it, writer Kiese Laymon describes growing up as a Black man in America, in the deep South of Mississippi. He discusses physical and sexual abuse as a child, the racism of his school and college years, his tim...

    Fabulous, poetic, insightful. I'm glad I read Kiese Laymon's book of essays first because there was at least once event (at college threatening the openly racist students) he referred back to and it was useful to know him first as an intellectual writer sharing truths and then getting ...

  • Angelic Sosa
    Nov 11, 2018

    How do you carry the weight of being a black man in America? In electrifying, deliberate prose, Kiese Laymon tries to answer that question from the first page of Heavy: An American Memoir to the last. He writes about what it means to live in a heavy body, in all senses of that word. He...

    My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my my blog. Following the author's life from his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi, to his teaching position at Vassar College, Kiese Laymon's memoir considers what it means to grow up Black, male, and heavy in...

    The last time I read a memoir as powerful and unforgettable as ?Heavy? by Kiese Laymon was Roxane Gay?s ?Hunger.? So it seems especially appropriate that she would be the one to write the cover blurb for Laymon?s book. ?Heavy is astonishing. Difficult. Intense. Layered....

    A brilliant and harrowing memoir about growing up black in America. In a roughly chronological fashion, Kiese Laymon details his coming of age in Mississippi, his college years, and his job as a professor at Vassar College. As a child, he dealt with physical/sexual abuse, and throughou...

    At the very beginning of HEAVY, Laymon writes, "I did not want to write to you. I wanted to write a lie." The "you" is Laymon's mother, and the book is, above all else, about the two of them, written with such openly bared love and fear that it feels like intruding on them to read it. ...

    Heavy is a memoir that reads like the best novels. A work of art that warrants plenty discussion and begs for dissection. A book that is a force for radical honesty, sincerity and reckoning in society. Laymon knows that if society as a whole cannot deal with our personal histories with...

    Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist Kiese Laymon writes about his life growing up as a black man in Mississippi and how racism and violence result in lies and addiction - lies to oneself and all loved ones because the truth is too painfully overwhelmin...

    Heavy is overwhelmingly honest, heart wrenching and written in a stunningly beautiful way. Kiese Laymon not only looks into the mirror and sees himself wholly, he reflects all of the ugly injustice and brutality of our culture. Both as American and as African Americans. The long held a...

    Such an aptly titled memoir because it is indeed heavy, not only speaking about his struggles with weight, but also heavy in the literary and impact sense. It is both heady and the words land with real impact on the reader. Kiese Laymon has given us a brutally honest look into his life...

    "I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read a lie. I wrote this to you instead because I am your child, and you are mine. You are also my mother and I am your son. Please do not be mad at me, Mamma. I am just trying to put you where I bend. I am just trying to put us where we bend." ...

    I've been waiting on this book all year and it didn't disappoint. ...

    Kiese Laymon is unsparing in his reveal of himself, his struggles and those of America, the damage white America does and continues to do to black people. Heavy refers to many burdens: the burden of Laymon's body which he tries to starve away, the heaviness of the lies we tell ours...

    I inhaled this book! I might change the rating to five stars, but I need to read it two more times to be sure. ...

    Just brilliant. If I was to write a full review of this it'd be jam-packed with all the superlatives. Just go and read it! ...

    As he states right at the beginning of his memoir, Kiese Laymon could have written a lie. He could have sugarcoated and hidden, forgotten, and omitted. But he didn?t, and I?m so glad he told the real raw truth in Heavy. A word of warning: Heavy is going to rip your heart out more t...

    What ever choices or challenges you may be forced to make in life, they are NOTHING compared to what it means to exist as a black man in today's America. The implementation of bodycams spawning outrage while watching the evening news, the helplessness at the tragedy felt at a watching,...

    Heavy. ...

    Like Sherman Alexie?s You Don?t Have to Say You Love Me, this memoir uses radical honesty and great skill to transform a complex life with a difficult mother into a heart-wrenching personal story that also illustrates the effects of institutional racism. A challenging and important...

    If you like memoirs where the author rips their heart out of their chest and leaves it beating on the floor, great, because we have so much to talk about. Kiese Laymon's new memoir has left me totally speechless, but I'm going to try really hard to make words now so I can tell you how ...

    I am blown away by the honesty, power, writing and revelation in this memoir. Each sentence is impressive. Kiese Laymon, the author, also reads the audiobook which is definitely the way to go with this memoir. He teaches at Ole Miss and I would love to take his class. Laymon writes to ...

    One of my favorite books read this year. ...

    I read this book in a day and a half. I became absorbed in it almost instantly. I don't usually read prologues/prefaces/whatever you want to call them, but something told me to read this one. From him telling the reader what he wanted to write--what he did write and scrapped to write t...

    On page 8, Kiese writes something that his Grandmama told him, "Ain't nothing in the world worse than looking at your children drowning, knowing ain't nothing you can do because you scared that if you get to trying to save them, they might see that you can't swim either..." When I read...