Heavy: An American Memoir | Kiese Laymon

Heavy: An American Memoir | Kiese Laymon

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256 pages | Scribner

Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate—a mother-child relationship—to the most universal—a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries.


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