Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough audiobook

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays

By Lauren Hough
Read bu Cate Blanchett , with Lauren Hough

Random House Audio
9.17 Hours 1
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  "A memoir in essays about so many things—growing up in an abusive cult, coming of age as a lesbian in the military, forced out by homophobia, living on the margins as a working class woman and what it’s like to grow into the person you are meant to be. Hough’s writing will break your heart." —Roxane Gay Searing and extremely personal essays, shot through with the darkest elements America can manifest, while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners. 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. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  "A memoir in essays about so many things—growing up in an abusive cult, coming of age as a lesbian in the military, forced out by homophobia, living on the margins as a working class woman and what it’s like to grow into the person you are meant to be. Hough’s writing will break your heart." —Roxane Gay Searing and extremely personal essays, shot through with the darkest elements America can manifest, while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners. 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. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shocking circumstances are related using a potent literary style that combines mordant humor and helpless indignation with ferocious intellect.” Washington Post
“Hough bravely and compellingly shares how our search for identity can be searingly awful, wickedly funny, and totally worth it.” Real Simple
“Hough unloads on a life’s worth of absurd, sometimes horrible experiences…Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing offers a glimpse of another America and lets you try to reconcile it with the one you know.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Oh, does Lauren Hough have a story to tell…These essays are funny, profane, and deceptively loose, as if Hough is talking to you late at night in a quiet bar. But they’re also well crafted.” BookPage
“[Hough] makes the ties between her own upbringing and the coltishness of American ideology explicit but also opens up room for hope via small acts of resistance.” NPR

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Author Bio: Lauren Hough

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English