“How Y’All Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived” by Leslie Jordan— Happenings in the Life

Jordan,  Leslie. “How Y’All Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived”, William Morrow, 2021.

Happenings in the Life

Amos Lassen

In “How Y’all Doing”, Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan shares stories about in a series of essays.He makes us laugh and lifts our spirts at a time when this is just what we need.

 During the start of the pandemic Jordan was “hunkered down” with his family in the South. In this collection of stories from his life we get a look into his life before and during the pandemic.

We laugh and learn a lot about Jordan in this somewhat autobiography.His stories from his past show us what kind of person he is. The stories are connected by Jordan’s Southern charm and former Southern Baptist sass. whether he writes about his Southern Baptist upbringing in Chattanooga, Tennessee or shares stories about his military father who died when Jordan was just 11-years-old, Jordan can be wildly flamboyant and achingly vulnerable at the same time. He seems surprised by the fact that he has millions of Instagram followers who are, no doubt, drawn to his engaging personality and transparency and very open about his ongoing recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. He is also queer and unashamedly so. 

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