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Here for It Or How to Save Your Soul in America Essays characters à 4 Ä 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 diLife 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 relevant uestion Is the future. What do we have here It's the last book I finished before we abruptly locked down in March Although I myself read it before things in the US went completely batshit it's still one of two books I would recommend for this particular moment in history the other is The Book of Delights Here for It doesn't turn a blind eye to the many many many things wrong with this world but its humorous and ultimately hopeful tone is a balm for the soul

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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 uestions 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 storyFor fans of Samantha Irby Michael Arceneaux and David Sedaris Here for It will resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has ever felt pushed to the margins struggled with self acceptance or wished to shine brightly in a dark world Stay here for it the future may surprise y. I'm not always this format's biggest fan Funny online personality turns in a collection of essays for a debut novel the publisher hoping for some of that online recognition turning into book sales Exhibit A a columnist for Ellecom who's day job originated with a presidential thirst tweet citing a photo of Barack Obama Justin Trudeau and Enriue Peña Nieto as “Tom Ford presents The AvengersStill Here For It and subscribed to the newsletter Seriously R Eric Thomas has a newsletter I've been getting for months now That means I can see through his suburban lies and know despite all his neighbourhood foreboding laid out in one of his essays citing a distrust of living anywhere with a lawn he and his husband David recently bought their first home Fine showing my hand here and revealing how I'm part of that online fandom and in the pocket of black gay columnists but hear me out Eric brings his A game here A Moth veteran he knows how to build a story He's a playwright who understands a good narrative arc Eric's story on his high school crush Electra is as perfect and touching a story as you could want And wrestling with his own deep Christian faith as a gay man that would go on to marry a Presbyterian pastor isn't all Whitney Houston in The Preacher's Wife and is fraught and thoughtful I liked this collection than I thought I would Filtered through some ueer ebonics sure ween and gurl are proper pronouns here still a fun respite Worth it

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Here for It Or How to Save Your Soul in America EssaysFrom 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 inIn essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt Eric redefines what it means to be an other through the lens of his own. 35 stars Before I do my review review let me just state for the record that I am a long time fan of R Eric he is an absolute delight a true treasure and he must be protected at all costs He is one of the wittiest funniest people writing today and I am always happy to hear from him So reading this was pretty much a no brainerAs for my review review this is an essay collection so I feel like you can almost insert the obligatory essay collection review the good ones are really good not all of them totally work The thing in a collection like this is that the really good ones only make the not as good ones feel worse it's a real tricky situation I felt very similarly about Jia Tolentino's essay collection Thomas knows that he is at his best as a storyteller and you can tell this is true when you get to one of his essays that is mostly a story the motion and propulsion of it the perfect pauses the hilarious side comments he has such a rhythm to them The not as good essays are not bad it's just that you get so hooked on Thomas when he is throwing uips and laughs at you that you are kind of poised and ready for itAll that said it's a real joy to read It was always nice to come back to it