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The Resource Heavy : an American memoir, by Kiese Laymon

Heavy : an American memoir, by Kiese Laymon

Label
Heavy : an American memoir
Title
Heavy
Title remainder
an American memoir
Statement of responsibility
by Kiese Laymon
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this stylish and complex memoir, Laymon, an English professor at the University of Mississippi and novelist (Long Division), presents bittersweet episodes of being a chubby outsider in 1980s Mississippi. He worships his long-suffering, resourceful grandmother, who loves the land her relatives farmed for generations and has resigned herself to the fact of commonplace bigotry. Laymon laces the memoir with clever, ironic observations about secrets, sexual trauma, self-deception, and pure terror related to his family, race, Mississippi, friends, and a country that refuses to love him and his community. He becomes an educator and acknowledges the inadequacies in his own education, noting that his teachers "weren't being paid right. I knew they were expected to do work they were unprepared to start or finish." He also writes about living among white people, including a family for whom his grandmother did the laundry: "It ain't about making white folk feel what you feel," he quotes his grandmother. "It's about not feeling what they want you to feel." His evolution is remarkable, from a "hard-headed" troubled teen to an intellectually curious youth battling a college suspension for a pilfering a library book to finally journeying to New York to become a much-admired professor and accomplished writer
Member of
Summary
An essayist and novelist 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
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction, 2019.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, 2018.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2018
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
  • ALA Notable Book, 2019.
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10732683
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laymon, Kiese
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3612.A959
LC item number
Z46 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Laymon, Kiese
  • Laymon, Kiese
  • Laymon, Kiese
  • African American authors
  • Compulsive gamblers
  • Eating disorders
  • Mother and child
  • African American authors
  • Compulsive gamblers
  • Eating disorders
  • Families
  • Mother and child
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
an American memoir
Label
Heavy : an American memoir, by Kiese Laymon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: been -- Boy man -- Black abundance -- Home worked -- Addict Americans -- Epilogue: bend
Control code
on1074260023
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
351 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432861421
Lccn
2018046426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1074260023
Label
Heavy : an American memoir, by Kiese Laymon
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: been -- Boy man -- Black abundance -- Home worked -- Addict Americans -- Epilogue: bend
Control code
on1074260023
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
351 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432861421
Lccn
2018046426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1074260023

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