Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir

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5.5 X 8.05 X 0.69 inches | 0.43 pounds

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About the Author
LOUIS CHUDE-SOKEI's writing and award-winning scholarship on the literatures and cultures of the African diaspora appears widely in national and international venues. He is editor in chief of The Black Scholar, the premier journal of Black studies and research, and director of the African American Studies program at Boston University.

A New York Times Editor's Choice "Herein lies the beauty of 'Floating in a Most Peculiar Way' It reveals how we carry trauma with us, how that trauma can cause us to hurt one another, and how we still love and carry one another with wounds unhealed...These are words in which those of us who have floated outside for so long can touch down for a bit, and connect." --Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times Book Review "A beautifully told story about displacement and coming-of-age."--People Magazine "Chude-Sokei chronicles his...missteps, advances and inner conflicts to create a moving, perspicacious account of disguising his origins, of adopting pose after pose, of seeking acceptance. It is a story of perplexed identity, of its permutations and specificities."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Storytelling, Chude-Sokei realized early, is 'an act of survival.' Here, he writes himself into existence--his abandonment; his less-than othering; his search for manhood among interchangeable aunties; answers to his past; his return to his birthplace. Ending where he began, he comes full circle toward luminous acceptance. Readers are guaranteed an extraordinary journey...an exquisite memoir."--Shelf Awareness "From the start it is clear Floating in a Most Peculiar Way is going to be a journey of discovery like few others...This is narrative storytelling at its best."--New York Journal of Books "Stupendous doesn't even begin to describe the extraordinary power and exhilarating beauty of Floating in a Most Peculiar Way. Here is a memoir that blazes like a star and rhymes like Paul Beatty at his best. Louis Chude-Sokei is a writer with all the gifts and then some."--Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and of This Is How You Lose Her "Chude-Sokei's Floating in a Most Peculiar Way is a rich, immersive coming-of-age tale from a man of eccentric, transnational upbringing. Chude-Sokei's honest and eloquent writing ultimately transforms his memoir into a superlative and unforgettable book."--Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities (both finalist for the Booker prize) "This is autobiography at its best. In stories of the multiple blended accents, atrocities, musics, prejudices and foods of London, Biafra, Jamaica, D.C., South Central L.A. and elsewhere, Chude-Sokei confronts the nightmare of history--along with the persistent, sometimes joyful adventure of awakening from it."--Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States, 1997-2000 "Floating in a Most Peculiar Way delivers a riveting immigrant's journey spanning the African Diaspora that is certain to refine our sense of what it means to be American, and to complicate, especially, what it means to be a Black American."--Charles Johnson, author of the National Book Award-winning Middle Passage and of The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling "An affecting memoir of life as an exile, with a David Bowie soundtrack in the background . . . deftly profound."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Absorbing...highly recommended for all memoir readers."--Booklist "A beautiful, pl --