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

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Kwame Alexander shares snapshots of a man learning how to love. He takes us through stories of his parents--from being awkward newlyweds in the sticky Chicago summer of 1967 to the sometimes-confusing ways they showed their love to each other, and for him. He explores his own relationships--his difficulties as a newly wedded, twenty-two-year-old father and the precariousness of his early marriage while working in a jazz club with his second wife. Alexander attempts to deal with the unraveling of his marriage and the grief of his mother's recent passing while sharing the solace he found in learning how to perfect her famous fried chicken. With an open heart, Alexander weves together memories of his past to try to understand his greatest love: his daughters.