"Jam-packed with humor, heartbreak, and, of course, a little naughtiness, this short memoir is sure to satisfy those who enjoy reading sordid stories and hearing about awkward encounters involving strangers in strange lands." -- Queerty
"Jeremy Helligar takes the reader on an adventure through four continents: South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. Yet, the biggest adventure of the memoir is the one that happens to Helligar internally as he encounters love, lust, and heartbreak." -- Buzzfeed
"Helligar's journey is not without speed bumps, including racism (the title is a question he has heard way too often), mugging and some uncomfortable sex, the kind you pray won't happen to you but that you enjoy reading about. Also, there are good times, making this an interestingly varied read. It's not linear; it's introspective -- and he does not forget to be funny." -- Boy Culture
Also featured in Time Out Buenos Aires, Gay Times UK, The Gay UK, Queerty's "15 Must-Read Gay Memoirs and Biographies," and Buzzfeed's "Which Gay Man's Biography Should You Read Based On Your Zodiac Sign?" as the Sagittarius selection.
What if James Baldwin and David Sedaris had a son? What if they weaned him on marathons of "The Golden Girls," and he grew up and wrote his own reawakening manifesto: "Eat GAY Love"?
"Is It True What They Say About Black Men?" is a travelogue and memoir about being gay, black, young(ish) and restless, an American living in self-imposed exile from New York City. Jeremy Helligar's physical and emotional journey takes him from one continent to four (South America, Australia, Asia and Africa), all of which he calls home over the course of eight years. Despite his demographic status, Helligar’s life abroad and his search for love, enlightenment and a place to belong are defined by so much more than skin color, sexuality, or even gender. Most of all, his experiences – what happens to him and how he reacts to it – are shaped by a more universal trait: being human. In turn, his book is a universal documentation of love, lust and heartbreak, self-discovery and discovery of the world in which we live, adventure and awkward encounters as a stranger in strange lands.