We are thrilled to welcome Kiese Laymon (Heavy, Long Division) back to The Stacks for our July book club discussion of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry. This deeply personal and evocative book brings up many questions that we grapple with around Black identity and family. We also talk about the ways revision is a powerful tool in education and the tradition of the epistolary form.
There are no spoilers on this episode.
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Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes and on Bookshop.org and Amazon.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- We Live for the We by Dani McClain
- “Ep. 71 Mothering and Social Justice with Dani McClain” (The Stacks)
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Toni Cade Bambara
- Azealia Banks
- George Floyd
- Breonna Taylor
- Trayvon Martin
- Michael Brown
- Ahmaud Arbery
- Emmett Till
- “President Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin” (The Obama White House, Youbtube.com)
- Sybrina Fulton
- Scene on Radio — Seeing White (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University)
- John Biewen
- Chenjerai Kumanyika
- How to Slowly Kill Yourselves and Others in America by Kiese Laymon
- Long Division by Kiese Laymon
- Agate Publishing
- PJ Mark
- Jesmyn Ward
- Kathy Belden
- “The Great Believers,’ ‘Heavy: An American Memoir,’ receive 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction” (American Library Association)
- “The Bracing Honesty of Kiese Laymon’s Memoir Heavy“ (Cady Lang, Time Magazine)
- The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose
- Regina N. Bradley
- Zandria F. Robinson
- Eric Garner
- Sula by Toni Morrison
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