Queer memoir and essay collection, Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas, is lying on a white paper backdrop. The cover is pink and features a photo of R. Eric's palm below falling confetti.
R. Eric Thomas' book is open to a page that reads "Here for It," the title of this collection of biographical essays. The book is set on a pale pink table next to clear reading glasses and a multi-colored greeting card.
Headshot of R. Eric Thomas. He is outside on a gray day in front of trees, leaning on a wooden fence with his arms crossed and smiling at the camera.

R. Eric Thomas

Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America

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Get ready to alternate between belly laughs and silent weeping as you devour R. Eric Thomas’ biographical essay collection, Here for It. R. Eric explores all the best and hardest parts of being a queer, Black person in America through the most hilarious and heart-wrenching experiences of his life so far. 

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 more brightly in a dark world. Stay here for itthe future may surprise you.”

hardcover | published by Ballantine Books February 18, 2020 | 288 pages

Meet the Author:

R. Eric Thomas (he/him/his) is a bestselling author, playwright, and screenwriter. His books include Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America, which was featured as a Read with Jenna Book Club Pick on NBC’s Today, and Reclaiming Her Time: The Power of Maxine Waters, co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer. For four years, he wrote “Eric Reads the News,” a wildly popular daily humor column covering pop culture and politics for Elle online. Eric is the winner of the Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award, and was a finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. He has written for the Peabody Award–winning streaming series Dickinson and Better Things on FX. Off the page, Eric is also the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and has been heard multiple times on The Moth Radio Hour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders. He lives in Maryland with his extraordinary husband, the Reverend David Norse Thomas.

Image of R. Eric by Katie Simbala.