Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays

Hardcover, 264 pages

Published Jan. 5, 2020 by Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
9780525621034

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4 stars (1 review)

From the creator of Elle 's "Eric Reads the News," a poignant and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding his joy, and every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

R. Eric Thomas didn't know he was different until the world told him so. Everywhere he went—whether it was his rich, mostly white, suburban high school, his conservative black church, or his Ivy League college in a big city—he found himself on the outside looking in.

In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Eric redefines what it means to be an "other" through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents' house was an anomalous bright spot, and the verdant school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality, about the exhaustion …

this was good & made me lol

4 stars

Come for the self-actualization in the midst of social collapse; stay for the extremely beautiful essay about being in friend-love in the library surrounded by the inherent biases of the Dewey Decimal System.