As American identity becomes increasingly fractured, LaRue Cook takes us on a deeply personal journey of self-discovery by a former corporate sports-editor-turned-Uber driver.
At the age of thirty, Cook thought he had achieved the “American Dream”—a cushy job at ESPN; a long-term relationship; friendship and respect from his colleagues within the cutthroat industry of sports media. Still, he felt troubled and restless, attempting in vain to live up to the journalistic legacy of his late father, the man whose early death he’d never reconciled.
And so he left. He moved from Connecticut back to his native Tennessee, hoping to find solace in the place where he’d first found meaning as a writer. To help pay the bills, he started driving for Uber and found himself looking in the rearview mirror, sharing stories with people across race and class, gender and ethnicity—all while the United States experienced one of the most polarizing presidential elections in its history.
Part voyeuristic, part inspirational, sometimes hilarious, always thoughtful and probing, Man in the (Rearview) Mirror is a book about learning how to love yourself 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.
|Publisher:||Woodhall Press LLP|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)|
Table of Contents
Author’s Note ix
Prologue: Why the Hell I Did It 1
The Day My Father Died 6
Eugene’s Mother 11
Kumar’s Mother 15
The Man Who Needed a Lift 18
Man in the (Rearview) Mirror Part 1 22
Things About Me You Oughta Know 28
I’d Rather Laugh with the Sinners 50
Jack and Me and the Prostitute 53
Go West, Young . . . Man? Part 1 61
A Rookie’s Guide to the Grand Canyon 78
Go West, Young . . . Man? Part 2 81
Nerds Need Love Too 87
Dirty Dishes 97
Black Lives Matter Part 1 103
The Women at the Country Club 117
Black Lives Matter Part 2 128
One Year, 1,716 Rides, and a Crossroads 137
Black Lives Matter Part 3 143
An Ode to Alcohol 166
Goodbye to (Most) All That 185
Man in the (Rearview) Mirror Part 2 191
Epilogue: The Price of Admission 204
About the Author 223