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Join us for an Author Chat with Kiese Laymon, author of our August General Track Read, Heavy.
August 31 at 7pm EST
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Join our General Track discussions and author chats for this great read in the month of August!
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Released in 2018, Heavy: An American Memoir is a memoir exploring Laymon’s coming-of-age story amidst the realities of the southern US for Black folk. The narrative dives into poverty, family, sexual violence, and addiction as Laymon uncovers his own secrets, his mother’s fears, and pushes readers to interrogate their own battles. In three parts, Laymon reckons with failure, harm, and violence while leaving room for grace, healing, and growth. The book received critical acclaim, winning the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, LA Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and Audible’s Audiobook of the Year in 2018 while also being a finalist for The Kirkus Prize. Heavy was also named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, The Washington Post, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times Critics.
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All About Love
“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet . . . we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.
As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.” All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.