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

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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 ...

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Overview


"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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780143119623
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 154,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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.
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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Read without delay

    I found out about this book from my Sunday Times read of the Week in Review. This author had written an article about living in Paris today and NYT referred his last book publication. This of course influenced my desire to have my own copy. A very god read from what I have seen thus far and somewhat close to my own lifestyle and education. Interesting as to how we are viewed as men, of mixed backgrounds, in other countries especially Europe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2011

    Great Read!

    A realistic look at the competing worlds that a lot of young black men and women face. To stay "true" to the status quo without question, or to leap out on faith and trust that there is something better for them out in the "unknown" world. A personal spin on this continuous social and cultural battle.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Thought Provoking

    While I may not have agreed with all of the positions that Mr. Williams advances, this book has forced me to think differently about the culture. This is the type of book that needs lots of discussion. Well done Mr. Williams!!! Well done!

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Highly Recommended Must Read

    The hero in this book is Thomas' father. He required excellence from his son without prohibiting his natural growth and experiences. We seem to always want to blame children when in fact we are failing as parents and adults. Thomas' father lives a disciplined life and therefore Thomas was more apt to follow the EXAMPLE of his father then that of the street. I highly suggest that famlies read this book together and it be on high school's required reading list.

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