Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Your Stocking with Michael Noll

Book Your Stocking 2018

Book Your Stocking: December 12

It's the twelfth day of Christmas, and one of my truest book-loving friends is here to share the book he'd be most pleased to pull from his stocking this winter. 

Please welcome today's reader, Michael Noll. 


Heavy: An American Memoir
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (2017)

I can't remember the last book that I've finished and immediately thought, "I need to read this again," but that's the case with Kiese Laymon's memoir Heavy

He writes about weight, food, and his childhood growing up the brilliant black son of a brilliant black mother who was a university professor but often scraping by (and sometimes not). 

The book intentionally cuts across the usual narratives of bootstrap self-improvement found in such stories and is written in one of the most captivating voices in current American prose (which is why the audiobook was named the best of the year by Audible).


Michael Noll
About today's reader:

Michael Noll is the author of The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction and short stories that have appeared, most recently, in Crazyhorse. He edits the craft-of-writing blog Read to Write Stories and works as the Program Director for the Writers' League of Texas. 


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