Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays / R. Eric Thomas.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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.
    • Content Notes:
      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 -- Disorientation -- Someone is wrong on the internet -- Unsuccessful Black hair -- Flames, at the side of my face -- Ball so soft -- Fate bursting through the wall -- Krampromise -- Comforters -- The preacher's husband -- Dinner guests -- Eggquity -- The past smelled terrible -- Unsubscribe from all that -- Here for It, or How to save your soul in America -- Epilogue: the end is (coming) running about fifteen minutes late.
    • Other Titles:
      How to save your soul in America.
    • ISBN:
      9780525621034
      0525621032
    • Accession Number:
      2019037442
    • Accession Number:
      on1117311432
      1117311432
    • Accession Number:
      fay.685083
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      THOMAS, R. E. Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays. First edition. [s. l.]: Ballantine Books, 2020. ISBN 9780525621034. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083. Acesso em: 10 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Thomas RE. Here for It : Or, How to Save Your Soul in America : Essays. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083. Accessed April 10, 2020.
    • APA:
      Thomas, R. E. (2020). Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays (First edition.). Ballantine Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Thomas, R. Eric. 2020. Here for It : Or, How to Save Your Soul in America : Essays. First edition. Ballantine Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083.
    • Harvard:
      Thomas, R. E. (2020) Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays. First edition. Ballantine Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083 (Accessed: 10 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Thomas, RE 2020, Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays, First edition., Ballantine Books, viewed 10 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Thomas, R.Eric. Here for It : Or, How to Save Your Soul in America : Essays. First edition., Ballantine Books, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Thomas, R. Eric. Here for It : Or, How to Save Your Soul in America : Essays. First edition. Ballantine Books, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Thomas RE. Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays [Internet]. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2020 [cited 2020 Apr 10]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.685083

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2

Culture writer and playwright Thomas humorously explores the intersectionality of his identity and his struggle to find his place in the world. Thomas' voice radiates off the page, providing an instant level of familiarity. He explains the stark experiences of being one of the few minorities in suburban, mostly white, private schools. As a result, the columnist is transparent about grappling with his Blackness. Thomas also shares the details of finding a level of comfort with his sexuality, walking readers through awkward dates, taking his boyfriend home to meet his family, the heartbreak of his first adult relationship, and falling in love and marrying the man of his dreams. Thomas' conservative Christian upbringing both lays the foundation for the book and creates a sounding board for relating to the world. By the end of the memoir-in-essays, Thomas has a clear solace with his spirituality and healthy marriage, though readers may be left wondering if he has found comfort in what it means to be a Black man in society. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 September

An award-winning playwright, host of the Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and author of the daily cheerful politics- and celebrity-shafting column "Eric Reads the News," on Elle.com, Thomas uses this essay collection-cum-memoir to look back with affecting dark humor at never belonging, whether at his mostly white, suburban high school, his conservative black church, or his Ivy League college. Is life worth continuing? Does he find his own story? You gotta read the book.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2019 November

Alternately hilarious, touching, reflective, and insightful, this memoir will delight readers, who may find themselves reading sections of the book aloud to anyone within earshot. Thomas, author of the daily humor column "Eric Reads the News" and host of The Moth, has substantial storytelling skills as a playwright, journalist, and humorist. Here, in his first book of essays, Thomas shares stories about his experiences as a gay black Christian man searching for social and spiritual community. Thomas addresses topics as varied as attending an elite private (and mostly white) high school, black hair and the overwhelming hetero-masculinity of many black barbershops, a possibly satanic Elf on the Shelf doll, and anxiously surveilling his university's club for queer and questioning students. Highlights include a funny retelling of the author's experience babysitting in an isolated mansion for kids who might be urine-obsessed class warriors and a poignant reflection on one of his fellow high school students' friendship and life. Readers are carried lightly but persistently along the current of Thomas's writing and may find they finish the book in just one or two sittings. VERDICT A laugh-out-loud memoir that is strongly recommended for everyone.—Monica Howell, Northwestern Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Bloomington, MN

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 October #2

With humor, candor, and some self-deprecation, Thomas, a playwright and Elle columnist, delivers a debut essay collection that explores his search for self, love, and stable employment. Growing up in a "broken-down" Baltimore neighborhood while attending a majority-white private school, Thomas, an African-American, learned that living in a bubble isn't all that bad—his parents economized and worked tirelessly to insulate him from the world's injustices. Throughout, he deals with imposter syndrome, as when his college acceptance letters include invitations to events for students of color, causing him to ask himself, "Was I the black they were looking for?" Upon beginning at Columbia, he tentatively enters the gay dating scene; questions his Baptist upbringing, in which "being gay was such a sin it wasn't even spoken of"; and falls in love with postcolonial literature. After college and several jobs, his life changes when a Facebook post in which he "publicly thirsts" after President Obama goes viral, landing him his Elle dream job. Whether dealing with love, breakups, or other setbacks, Thomas is an affable narrator with a penchant for pop culture, funny quips, and charming humility. Agent: Anna Sproul-Latimer, Ross Yoon Agency. (Feb.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.