There and Now

There and Now

by Eric Reese


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Eric Reese is back with the third installment of the bestseller book series - There And Now. The game doesn't stop nor does the hustle.

Follow Philly boy E's journey through the dope, family, self-doubt, and anything but a plain vanilla life. Being homeless in the prime of his life even with family around, there are worse things to beat down, like his streak of recklessness or being without a purpose in life. In this volume, E must make decisions that will either make his world a dark one with pestilence at every turn or a serene landscape of a vast blue ocean with the smell of a tropical shower in the air.

What will he choose to do? Is there redemption around the corner for this soldier who life thought was strong enough to make it through the tsunami? Will old Philly swallow and spit him out like so many from his demographic before him or will there be a chrysalis?

"There And Now" series describes the lesser known hard-core facts of life that Lil E is faced with in this young life. Here is the ultimate tale of an African-American teenager as he grapples with curve balls that destiny throws at him with raw determination and charisma, claiming the streets of Philadelphia that have molded him into the maelstrom that he is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542498944
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2017
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Eric Reese was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended the Community College in the city. He works as a community organizer and is an advocate for social justice, particularly for youth of color and was the recipient of the first Mayoral Scholarship of Philadelphia (1993) and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Human Relations Award (1989).

Eric has always been interested in writing and it was no surprise when he began producing books, many of them on African American culture and social issues, with a smattering of fiction, poetry and mystery thrown in. His first offering was There and Now (Volume 1), in November 2016, and since then his prolific nature has seen him now with more than 20 titles in print, with e-book and audio versions also available.

When he has some time to himself, Eric loves to read and writes across numerous genres. He also enjoys traveling, playing video games and is a huge fan of many of the most popular sports. He once lived on a rooftop in Beirut until he could somewhere more suitable and wherever he has gone in the world his lively and energetic character has made him many friends.

In the future, Eric would love it if one of his books was to be made into a movie. In the meantime, however, he is content to keep writing great books that people love reading. He now lives in California, where he loves the warmth of year-round sun.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vincent F. A. Golphin for Readers' Favorite Readers open to Hip Hop or urban literature will find a very good example of the genre in Eric Reese's There and Now (Vol. 1). The 76-page introduction to the life of the self-described "Lil E" is a tale of hope and discovery amid the turbulence of urban Philadelphia in the mid 1970s to mid-1980s on the surface. Nonetheless, the main character's voice reflects alienated attitudes and disconnected tones prevalent among today's young people from even suburban and rural backgrounds. The book is only an introduction. That is one reason the book will leave a reader hungry for more. Lil E grows up as a target for put downs, and shares a lot of hard feelings about how it feels to be berated and bullied. The story is laid out in a manner very similar to expressions from today's teens. The author disregards traditional paragraph structures and employs terse and seemingly rambling prose. I wondered whether those touches were innovation or accidental. By the end of the volume, I decided there is a keen insight and careful construction in the strong narrative. The writer builds a character with which readers will engage, from which they might gain insight to the mindsets of youths that feel alone and unloved. There and Now offers hope to young people who despair because of bullies, crime and the burdens of everyday life. The first volume clearly shows that Reese's encouragement - do not give up on life - goes far beyond those hard times.