Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Letters, Recipes, and Remembrances

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Poet and educator Kwame Alexander has penned a revealing memoir whose lessons will leave a lasting impression. Why Fathers Cry at Night is a collection of heartfelt essays, thoughtful poems, and beloved recipes that gather Alexander’s reminiscences of loves and losses from various periods of his life. From childhood memories of growing up with a bookish and revolutionary father to the teachings of parenthood and divorce, Alexander shares profound ponderings on the nature of grief, regret, and humility.

It was easy to finish this book in one sitting because Alexander’s poetic gifts are beyond measure. Yet, each essay and poem deserves a second look, a deeper reading. This book is a must-read for followers of the prolific author’s previous works. Readers who are new to Alexander’s writings would become instant fans. Alexander writes of his loves; some lost and unrequited.

Alexander has a powerful way of describing people, places, and events that catapults the reader to experience the essence of a particular time and place. Whether he is writing about an emotionally distant father who was preoccupied with his ministry and studies, or difficult lessons from Nikki Giovanni’s poetry classes, Alexander brings the reader along to eagerly anticipate the next revelation.

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Author Kwame Alexander
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date 23-May-2023
ISBN 9780316417228 Buy this Book
Issue August 2023
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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