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Mini Review: Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Heavy by Kiese Laymon


I had seen Laymon at a reading a while ago, not having read his book. He was funny and eloquent, but then, to be honest, some other book caught my eye, and I forgot all about Heavy. My fellow bookworms will understand;-) I am glad, however, that I finally did pick it up. I am not usually a fan of essays or short stories, but Laymon has a very engaging, almost narrative style and though some of his essays spoke to me more than others, it was a very readable collection, highlighting aspects of the author's experience as Black man in this country, both in a very personal sense and as an exploration of his role in the greater scheme of things.

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