How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America: Essays
  • How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America: Essays
  • How To Slowly Kill Yourself And Others In America: Essays
ISBN: 1932841776
EAN13: 9781932841770
Language: English
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 0.47" H x 8.9" L x 5.98" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
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Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of Laymon's essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in the rural Mississippi Gulf Coast. Laymon's writing is unflinchingly honest, while also being smart, lacerating, and unexpectedly funny.

In How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Laymon deals in depth with his own personal story, which is filled with trials that illuminate under-appreciated aspects of contemporary American life. As revealed in the audiobook's title essay, Laymon attended three colleges before earning his undergraduate degree. He was suspended from the first of these institutions, Millsaps College, following a probationary period resulting from a controversial essay he published on campus. As the school's president described it, the Key Essay in question was written by Kiese Laymon, a controversial writer who consistently editorializes on race issues.

Controversy seemed to follow this young writer, but as he himself puts it, my job is to ask questions, to broaden the scope of American literature by broadening the Read More chevron_right

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   Not quite the page turner expected
I had bought a previous novel from this author, so that I figured his other works should be just as interesting. Well, this is not quite the page-turning experience I expected. It is a bit difficult to follow and doesn't quite capture the reader's attention, while the author is able to express the emotions and frustrations of a young black man in American very well, I feel like the book is missing a story line.
 
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   Black Man with a Pen // Every American should read this!
I am full disclosure : I went to school with Kiese. He was always kind, soft spoken, and sharp as a Whip smart, and his writing is ANTASTIC for it. Brilliant observer of the human condition, in particular as it relates to the race in this country. A much-needed black male voice on the most pervasive wound of our nation. Everybody should read him. #BlackManwithaPen has been released on Twitter #WhiteManwithaPen.
 
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   Enter into the mind of Kiese Laymon
I was honored to have caught a recent lecture by Kiese Laymon in NYC. Laymon is a brilliant writer who has already proven himself an important rising voice in American letters early in his career. In this book he fearlessly writes about his journey to becoming a writer from his childhood, his family influences, his unique perspective as a Mississippi-born African-American son of a teacher. How difficult it was for him to not give up with those who have forced him to follow the line of their genre, to follow their strict code of what sells and the specific issues he faced as an African-American writer in this regard. It is funny, poignant and heartbreaking. I highly recommend reading this book and his first published novel, Long Division, which is a uniquely addictive book for adults, despite its YA label.
 
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   This white woman needed to read these words
I think I got this book because it was presented on the Today show. I am always looking for book recommendations. I don 't consider myself “ the worst of white people ” because my mind is open and my heart believes that all people deserve love, fairness and justice, but because I am white, I have no real concept of the fear and injustice that black people live in America daily, hourly. We are a racist nation and I never believed or witnessed this so fully until last year. I am perhaps the worst of the white people because I didn 't take the time to learn and listen. I loved Kiese's free flowing, line of thought sentences and the use of repetition. I'm glad this white girl got a glimpse of an amazing black writer, but more than that, just a writer with a different life experience, but experiences that I needed to hear. And now I'm going to buy his fiction book.
 
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   Moving Beyond Words -Please Read This Book
The compassion, vulnerability, and insights contained in this book are so powerful and truthful. I am seriously touched, and grateful to have them shared so honestly ''. The author's essays on being a southern black man are descriptive and specific to his experience, yet they have spoken with a lasting impact on his wider audience ''. I finished the reading with a soreness of the heart as well as a huge respect for the healing power of writing for both the author and the reader.
 
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   Love Kiese Laymon
When this book was released, I had just completed the original version of the book, which I read three times. With the changes, I loved it even more. It is still Kiese's signature style of writing and thinking.
 
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   Splendid
Kiese is so connected to the pulse of society, and turns a critical eye not just in America, but also in himself. Both of them are relatable and eye opening.
 
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   A wonderful read
I bought a copy of this book for my grandson and myself. Before I could finish, he called to tell me that he had started reading the book for a second time. This book is a journey into adulthood, the world of work, to understanding life, family, good and bad decisions, forgiveness, and living. This book appeals to adults of any age and older teens.
 
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   and love (or its absence) are all bound together and cannot ...
I grew up in Alabama, and am no stranger to difficult conversations about race. Kiese Laymon further pushes the discourse. He demands his readers to face the ways that masculinity, sexuality, class and love are all connected and cannot be separated from how we think about race. I assign it to students in my college courses each semester and resonates with many.
 
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