Michael Leviton grew up in what he describes as an “honesty cult.” His parents had little patience for half-truths, believing that absolutely nothing should be omitted, especially the details that make most people uncomfortable. As a consequence, Michael struggled to make friends, hold a job, or feel welcomed by others for most of his life. Eventually, heartbreak led him to question his honesty policy, and he began to explore what it would feel like to prioritize others’ feelings over the painful truth. Here, Michael narrates his story with humor, self-awareness, and–of course–honesty.
To Be Honest by Michael Leviton (List Price: $26, Abrams Press, 9781419743054, 1/5/2021)
Reviewed by Talia Smart, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina