In the Margins Book Club Chats Congratulations, The Best is Over *IN-PERSON*

We're psyched to relaunch our book club led by Sarah @bookishandblack! Formerly known as the Well-Read Black Girl book club, our In The Margins book club will continue to focus on typically "marginalized" authors who create works of fiction and nonfiction that we adore! Sarah will lead her thoughtful, fun discussions  in-person at Locavino in downtown Silver Spring on the fourth Monday of the month at 7PM! Grab a glass of wine or some yummy food or just come hang and discuss great books with likeminded readers. This month, the book club will be chatting about Congratulations, The Best is Over! by R. Eric Thomas! This space is created to be a safe and centering space for all readers with a focus on championing the voices most often silenced in our society. 

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The beloved bestselling author of Here for It returns with an all-new collection of heartening, deeply relatable, and laugh-out-loud essays about what happens after happily ever after.

“Funny, insightful, and hopeful . . . a profound meditation on what it means to come home, and on finding your way again after the chaos of life takes you off your path.”John Paul Brammer, author of ¡Hola Papi!

After going viral “reading” the chaotic political news, having one-too-many awkward social encounters, and coming to terms with his intersecting identities, R. Eric Thomas finally knew who he was and where he was going. He was living his best life.
But then everything changed.

In this collection of insightful and hilarious essays, Thomas moves back to his perpetually misunderstood hometown of Baltimore (a place he never wanted to return, even to be buried) and behaving completely out of character. They say you can’t go home again, but what if you and home have changed beyond recognition? From attending his twenty-year high school reunion and discovering another person’s face on his name badge, to splattering an urgent care room with blood à la The Shining, to being terrorized by a plague of gay frogs who’ve overtaken his backyard, Thomas provides the nitty, and sometimes the gritty, details of wrestling with the life he thought he’d left behind while trying to establish a new one.

With wit, heart, and hope for the future, Congratulations, The Best Is Over! is the not-so-gentle reminder we all need that even when life doesn’t go according to plan, we can still find our way back home.


R. Eric Thomas is the bestselling author of Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America, a Lambda Literary Award finalist; and the YA novel Kings of B’more, a Stonewall Honor book. Both books were also featured as Read with Jenna book club picks on Today. He is also a television writer (Apple TV+’s Dickinson, FX’s Better Things), a Lambda Literary Award–winning playwright, and the long-running host of the Moth in Philadelphia. For four years, Thomas was a senior staff writer at Elle online, where he wrote the popular “Eric Reads the News” column.


Sarah Coquillat is the bookworm behind Bookish and Black. A health policy researcher by day, she created Bookish and Black to engage with other readers and encourage literary discussion. Sarah is passionate about social justice and reading BIPOC authors.

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Event date: 
Monday, September 25, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
8519 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Congratulations, The Best Is Over!: Essays By R. Eric Thomas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593496268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Ballantine Books - August 8th, 2023

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