MLK Book Club "Heavy: An American Memoir" by Kiese Laymon
This year, the MLK Day book club reading selection is "Heavy: An American Memoir" by Kiese Laymon. In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.
Pick up your book in Commons Room 117
Those who particiapte in the bookclub will join in a discussion on MLK Day, January 20, 2020. See see program for details.