Here for It

Here for It

Or, How to Save your Soul in America : Essays

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"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 of code-switching in college, accidentally getting famous on the internet (for the wrong reason), and the surreal experience of covering the 2016 election as well as the seismic change that came thereafter. Ultimately, Eric seeks the answer to the ever more relevant question: Is the future worth it? Why do we bother when everything seems to be getting worse? As the world continues to shift in unpredictable ways, Eric finds the answers to these questions by re-envisioning what "normal" means, and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Introduction: The monster at the end of this book
The audacity
There's never any trouble here in Bubbleland
Molly, urine danger girl
She's got herself a universe
Historically Black
Someone is wrong on the internet
Unsuccessful Black hair
Flames, at the side of my face
Ball so soft
Fate bursting through the wall
The preacher's husband
Dinner guests
The past smelled terrible
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Here for It, or How to save your soul in America
Epilogue: the end is (coming) running about fifteen minutes late
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: 818.6 T4615.he
Characteristics: xviii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780525621034


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Self-deprecating, honest, quirky, hilarious, sweet, vulnerable, sometimes sad, always engaging, Thomas's memoir is top-notch. Recommended by Lukie, Becca, and Lynnanne.

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