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Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man's Escape from the Crowd (Paperback)

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"A provocative, intellectual memoir" (USA Today)-from a remarkable new literary voice.
Growing up, Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved three things in life: his parents, literature, and the intoxicating hip-hop culture that surrounded him. For years, he managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles, "keeping it real" in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage-until it all threatened to spin out of control. Written with remarkable candor and emotional depth, Losing My Cool portrays the allure and danger of hip-hop culture with the authority of a true fan who's lived through it all, while demonstrating the saving grace of literature and the power of the bond between father and son.

About the Author

Thomas Chatterton Williams holds a Bachelor's degree in philosophy from Georgetown University and a Master's degree from the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University. In 2007, he wrote an op-ed piece entitled "Yes, Blame Hip-Hop" for the Washington Post which generated a record-breaking number of comments. He writes for the literary magazine n+1 and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119623
ISBN-10: 0143119621
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2011
Pages: 240
Language: English