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    • Heavy

    • By: Kiese Laymon
    • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Be prepared

    • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

    Regular price: $17.00

    • How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

    • Essays
    • By: Kiese Laymon
    • Narrated by: Kevin Free
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm Stunned By This Collection

    • By Rachel - Audible on 10-17-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Bone

    • By: Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon - foreword
    • Narrated by: Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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    From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire to balancing society's expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first-generation black British woman to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward's Bone resonate to the core of what it means to be human.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Frightening and brilliant

    • By Fefe on 06-06-18

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Long Division

    • By: Kiese Laymon
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 79
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
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      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Long Division contains two interwoven stories. In the first, it's 2013: After an on-stage meltdown during a nationally televised quiz contest, fourteen-year-old Citoyen "City" Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity. The next day, he's sent to stay with his grandmother in the small coastal community of Melahatchie, where a young girl named Baize Shephard has recently disappeared.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Provocative story

    • By Christine on 10-09-16

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Heavy

    • An American Memoir
    • By: Kiese Laymon
    • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Kiese Laymon grew 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 career as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, abuse, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing and ultimately gambling. In Heavy, by attempting to name secrets and lies that he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few know how to love responsibly.

    Regular price: $16.35

    • bone

    • By: Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon
    • Narrated by: Yrsa Daley-Ward
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of bone written and read by Yrsa Daley-Ward. Observer book of the year 2017. 'You will come away bruised. You will come away bruised but this will give you poetry.' Raw and stark, the poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's breakthrough collection strip down her reflections on the heart, life, the inner self, coming of age, faith and loss to their essence. They resonate to the core of experience.

    Regular price: $19.62