Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing

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Searing and extremely personal essays from the heart of working-class America, shot through with the darkest elements the country can manifest--cults, homelessness, and hunger--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, Ecuador--but it wasn't until her mother finally walked away 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.

Title:Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing
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  • Tanya

    I’ve read Hough’s Cable Guy essay, and frankly found the writing, with its short, stumpy sentences, to be mediocre at best. Still, a queer, military, working-class, former cult member living on th...

  • Sarah Ames-Foley

    i am once again asking authors to stay off goodreads if they can’t stop themselves from putting reviewers on blast. you’ve alienated a potential reader by doing this, but i’m sure you don’t ca...

  • Shealea

    Did not finish at 0%. ...

  • birdie

    don’t underestimate the power of the book community, lauren. you hate on 4.5 star ratings? fine, we won’t give you those anymore. take some generous 1 stars in return :)...

  • ;3

    the time i spent reading this couldve been time spent eating pussy instead 😒...

  • FireLily

    I'm just going to leave this hereI wonder why this book now has a 1.66 star rating. Or rather, I wonder what her reaction was....

  • Zoey

    Congratulations to this author for successfully alienating even more of her potential readers by being nasty on Twitter! A huge achievement....

  • karen

    i am such a nonentity on twitter that this has never happened, but i guess this here peanuts GIF was enough to provoke her into blocking me across the social media platforms...this makes me feel relev...

  • Mash

    The fact that this author was offended because a Goodreads reviewer wanted to give this book 4.5 stars and then went out of her way to call Goodreads reviewers “nerds on a power trip” disgusts me....

  • Elena

    if you're an author (or if you're thinking about becoming an author/writing a book) and you think you can't handle criticism and negative thoughts about your book(s), then maybe you shouldn't, i don't...