Man in the (Rearview) Mirror
At a time when American identity is increasingly fractured, LaRue Cook explores a deeply personal journey through love, loss, and self-discovery, using the lens of a physical journey across the United States, and abroad, by a former corporate sports-editor-turned-Uber driver.
Part voyeuristic, part inspirational, sometimes hilarious, always thoughtful and probing, Man in the (Rearview) Mirror is a book about learning how to love yourself (and others) at a time in America when it is often too easy to hate. With compassion for his passengers and himself, Cook carefully navigates us to a place of forgiveness, patience, and, hopefully, peace.
“This book is full of so many wonderful surprises. It is by turns a searing memoir, a hilarious travelogue, and a work of vivid reporting about this fractious American moment. Cook’s writing is unfailingly searching and honest, and his moving book reveals a person—and a country—at a crossroads.”
Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for The Washington Post and author of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
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About the Author
In a former life, LaRue Cook was a senior editor at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. After an Existential Crisis—and turning thirty—he retreated south to pursue his PhD in creative writing at Georgia State University, where he also teaches English composition and fiction writing. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MFA from Fairfield University in Connecticut. His nonfiction has appeared in such publications as ESPN The Magazine and Reader’s Digest, while his fiction has appeared in Washington Square Review, Barely South Review, and Noctua Review, among other places. He currently resides in Decatur, Georgia, just east of Atlanta, where he’s working on a collection of short stories. His home will always be Kingston, Tennessee, if only in spirit.