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Without You by Anthony Rapp
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If you are looking for a sanitized memoir full of stale excuses and mundane scenes from a life, this is probably not the book for you. In "Without You", Anthony Rapp takes an unflinching look at himself, the loss of his mother, grief, his relationships, and sexuality - with his clear goal being honesty and healing. The backdrop for all this is, of course, Rapp's lead role in the smash Broadway musical 'Rent'.
Rapp puts you in his head as he speaks with utter poignancy about his mother, Jonathan Larson, family, friends, castmates, and old lovers. It's not a comfortable experience at times, but then, it's not supposed to be. Rapp is a master at sharing his pain, loss, and love and making it all - and the people he talks about - come alive for you.
Examining the profound loss of his mother, as well as Jonathan Larson, Rapp gives neither himself nor the reader an inch between him and his emotions at the time. This is a journey. One that shouldn't - but needs to - be taken to heal and understand. If Rapp has helped one person, even just himself, he has succeeded.
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