Here for It

Here for It

Or, How to Save your Soul in America ; Essays

Book - 2020
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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"--.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2020.
Copyright Date: ♭2020
ISBN: 9780525621034
Characteristics: xviii, 264 pages ;,22 cm.

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IndyPL_MollieB Feb 02, 2021

Nothing beats an audiobook narrated by the author. Here For It is no exception. R. Eric Thomas is extremely witty, and delivers his sentiments with a little sass. You'll definitely laugh out loud listening to his memoir.

R. Eric Thomas discusses what it means to be queer, Black, queer and Black, and also how he was mistaken for a white person, all in about 8 hours. So, if you're stuck inside for whatever reason, you should totally download this title.

#IndyPLAdults #OwnVoices

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peacebenow
Jun 06, 2020

I have never heard of Mr Thomas before so I probably am an unlikely reader of this book. I found Thomas to be engaging, funny, educational and to carry a tremendous amout of positive energy even when he has times of introspection. I really enjoyed the first part of this book. I think his essays towards the end may be more enjoyable as "stand alones" vs in one volume. (I was racing to finish in my allotted time frame, not his fault). I look forward to reading more of his work.

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