“A provocative, intellectual memoir” (USA Today)—from a remarkable, new literary voice
Growing up, there were three things in life that Thomas Chatterton Williams knew he loved—his parents, literature, and the intoxicating hip-hip 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 Coolportrays the allure and danger of hip-hop culture with the accuracy and authority of a true fan who’s lived through it all—as well as the saving grace of literature and the power of the bond between father and son.
“A very talented writer…is transformed from a skinny teenager who shoots hoops, gets into bloody brawls and smacks his girlfriend, into a philosophy major and author. The credit goes to his father, a black man who came from a far grimmer background…[Williams] also realizes that he is free in a way his father never was, a revelation that strikes him as ‘both deeply tragic and extremely hopeful.’ So is this book.”—New York Times Book Review