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Virtual Book Club




You are invited to a cross-country virtual party with Eric Thomas and new friends (you’re one of them!)

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Book Club Dates are Two Thursdays:

Join R. Eric Thomas, national bestselling author of Here For It, or, How to Save Your Soul in America, a memoir-in-essays with the Happy Women Virtual Book Club over Zoom for 2 gatherings and moderated discussion.

Thursday, August 27: 5:30 pm PST

First session is a 20 minute Welcome Introduction to the group before we begin reading the book.

Thursday, September24 : 5:30 pm PST

Next Session after we have completed the book is one hour. 

A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before each meeting.

This event is co-moderated by Special Guests:

Author/Actress Tembi Locke (LA)

Author Tara Schuster (LA)

Life Coach Mary Ellen Garde (Atlanta)

Life Coach Gina Santamaria (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Author/Broadway Actor Alton Fitzgerald White (New York)

Author Judith Warner (Washington DC)

Life Coach Dr. Adrianne Pinkney (Charlotte)

“Pop culture–obsessed, Sedaris-level laugh-out-loud funny . . . [R. Eric Thomas] is one of my favorite writers.”—Lin-Manuel Miranda, Entertainment Weekly

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing 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 in.

In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Thomas reexamines 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 Eden-like school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality, 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 for Elle online, and the seismic changes that came thereafter. Ultimately, Thomas seeks the answer to these ever more relevant questions: 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, Thomas finds the answers to these questions by reenvisioning what “normal” means and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story.

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 it—the future may surprise you.


A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to, which supports indie bookstores across the country in times of financial crisis and upheaval (that would be now).

Please support your local independent bookstores by purchasing HERE FOR IT through which will direct you to a bookseller close to your home. If you prefer audiobooks, please purchase via

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