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Out - A Courageous Woman's Journey Paperback – May 1, 2016
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- Paperback : 294 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1943353298
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943353293
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.66 x 8.5 inches
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Publisher : Sapphire Books Publishing (May 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,284,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though there are many books about coming age and coming out n the acceptance of sexuality, few are as much a joy to read as OUT. Lou Anne is a natural writer, honest, compassionate, at times hilarious, at times painfully tender, but her book soars.
The content is shared well in the synopsis: ‘Lou Anne fell in love with Karen in 1956 when they were both 17 and freshmen at Baylor University. Her parents told her the relationship was sinful and unacceptable. Seeing no other option, she followed their direction, married, and remained faithful to her husband for 37 years. At age 60, after an incident in her Baptist Sunday School class, Lou Anne could no longer pretend to be straight. Her struggles to reconcile her faith with being gay take her into the depths of depression. After divorcing and "coming out," Lou Anne remained in her Baptist church for an additional fifteen years both to be true to her faith tradition and as an example of a gay Christian. She emerges as an outspoken advocate for gay rights. This story of a retired teacher, mother of four, grandmother of six is told in an unprecedented, brutally honest manner.’
But that is the storyline and while it is accurate it does not begin to share the valor, the courage, and the determined gay rights activist that Lou Anne has become despite all her hurdles. The book brims with joy and it is a pleasure to read. Grady Harp, October 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The writing is both beautiful and simple, almost conversational. In telling her story, Smoot also helps to empower others to look at themselves honestly and act according to what you find there. She has a big heart and has been better able to avoid lasting anger than I would likely have been able to do.
There are moments that will bring tears to your eyes and there will be a better understanding, one hopes, of both yourself and others behind those tears. That is perhaps where the greatest strength of the book resides, in the enlightened readers who can then live their lives more compassionately toward themselves as well as toward others.
This is certainly of interest to readers of memoirs, especially LGBTQ memoirs. That said, the lessons here apply to anyone who has lived a part of life with hidden sadness and unhappiness.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange of an honest review