Leaving isn't the hardest thing

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Published 2021
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Summary:

"As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe-to Germany, Japan, Texas, Chile-but it wasn't until she finally left for good that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond "The Family." Along the way, she's loaded up her car and started over, trading one life for the next. She's taken pilgrimages to the sights of her youth, been kept in solitary confinement, dated a lot of women, dabbled in drugs, and eventually found herself as what she always wanted to be: a writer. Here, as she sweeps through the underbelly of America-relying on friends, family, and strangers alike-she begins to excavate a new identity even as her past continues to trail her and color her world, relationships, and perceptions of self. At once razor-sharp, profoundly brave, and often very, very funny, the essays in Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing interrogate our notions of ecstasy, queerness, and what it means to live freely. Each piece is a reckoning: of survival, identity, and how to reclaim one's past when carving out a future"-- Provided by publisher.

ISBN:
9780593080764 (trade paperback)
9780593080764
0593080769
Edition:
A Vintage Books original edition.
Description:
xii, 306 pages ; 21 cm
Other Title:
Leaving is not the hardest thing
Contents:
Solitaire
The slide
Badlands
Speaking in tongues
Boys on the side
How to make an enemy
Cell block
Leaving isn't the hardest thing
Pet snakes
Cable guy
Everything that's beautiful breaks my heart.
LCCN:
2020055114
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