Parnassus Books welcomes LaRue Cook author of Man in the (Rearview) Mirror.
At thirty years old, LaRue Cook thought he had achieved at least a version of 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 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.
LaRue Cook was a senior editor for ESPN The Magazine before retreating south to pursue his PhD in creative writing at Georgia State University, where he also teaches composition and intro to fiction. He holds a journalism degree 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, The Bitter Southerner, and Reader’s Digest, while his fiction has appeared in Washington Square Review and Barely South Review, among other places. He lives in Decatur, Georgia, just east of Atlanta, but home will always be Kingston, Tennessee.