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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for GAY MEN DON’T GET FAT by Simon Doonan:
 
"Simon Doonan is one funny gay nugget."
—Chelsea Handler
 
"If I were really short, gay, and way funnier than I am now, I would try to pass myself off as Simon Doonan."
—Malcolm Gladwell
 
"Simon Doonan is the Auntie Mame every up-and-coming future legend should have, the gay best friend who always gives it to you straight."
—RuPaul
 
"Simon writes like a lethal combo of Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker. I laughed so hard while reading this book I nearly split my Spanx."
—Joan Rivers
 
"The most un-tragic book about being gay ever written."
—John Waters
 
"Dining with Mr. Doonan is like lunching with the 'Jersey Shore'-era grandnephew of Oscar Wilde....there are times when his thoughts on the sexual orientation of food can be unexpectedly eye-opening."
—Jeff Gordinier, The New York Times
 
"[D]eliciously mischievous wit...Doonan is the David Sedaris of the style universe."
—Christopher Muther, The Boston Globe
 
“Blisteringly funny.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“[Gay Men Don’t Get Fat] will certainly have you laughing until your sides hurt.”
—Alyssa Vingan, Marie Claire
 
“In addition to educating those not-in-the-know, Doonan regales readers with tongue-in-cheek commentary and witchy barbs that bespeak a more militant Joan Rivers.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“The sense of humor … is matched by a very real motivation to empower women.”
—Kerry Pieri, Harper's Bazaar

About the Author

Simon Doonan is the author of several books, including Wacky Chicks, Confessions of a Window Dresser, and Beautiful People, which was adapted for television in the UK. Originally from England, he worked on Savile Row before becoming the creative director for Barneys New York, where he designed legendary window displays for more than twenty years. Formerly a columnist for The New York Observer, he is now a contributor to Slate.com, and has appeared on Gossip Girl, Iron Chef America, America's Next Top Model, and elsewhere. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.

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Customer Reviews

I don't like Simon Doonan anymore.
MK-NY
1 for you to read 1 for the coffee table and 3 as gifts.
Aaron Alexander
One of the funniest books I've read in awhile!
Toni Campbell

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MK-NY on April 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved "confessions of a window dresser", loved some of Simon Doonan's other books, died laughing with his TV show "beautiful people", and I also love everything Jonathan Adler so I obviously bought the book as soon as it came out.
Huge mistake. I don't like Simon Doonan anymore. His book is condescending to women, seems like it's been written by a bitter middle aged guy, and worst of all, it's not funny. At all.
I've tried my best but I had to put it down.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Larry Gentry on February 26, 2012
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I'm sure the humor and cultural references will appeal to gay men of a certain age and identification, but I couldn't finish it.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Victor Weinblatt on February 27, 2012
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The snarky ramblings of a self-important, self-indulgent, self-appointed gay guru. An amusing premise, that gay men are simply smart & stylish French women with penises, is tortured and dragged out (pun intended) into an endless, superficial stream of drivel. Barney's needs a new fashion director and this publisher needs better authors. Tasteless, humorless, and sans style. Don't burn your money by buying it. Should be placed on the express cart to the remainder table where it will instantly crumble into a heap of fluff and further poison the environment!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bobillinois49 on February 16, 2012
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As a gay man who has been out of the closet for more than 30 years, this was the most ridiculous book I have ever read. For a small elite segment of the population, the book may be erudite, witty, snarky, and bitchy. But I thought it was a tired look at an ever decreasing size of the gay population which is tired, boring and not representative of today's culture!! It was a waste of time and money, even at Amazon's generously reduced prices. Saved your time and your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Panc on November 21, 2012
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Granted, there are certain things a book geared towards a gay audience must provide - fashion, girlfriends and lifestyle faux pas' being some of the most vital ones - but come on. I caught myself chuckling to some remarks - and although wanting to throw the book across the room many a time (for shamelessly sticking to the gay stereotypes, of course), I was captured. Doonan definitely has a voice - and a funny one at that. Just because I don't agree with the fact that all us gay guys live and die for fashion, doesn't mean that it isnt funny. After all, what did I expect - picking up a book with a man in a flower shirt on the cover? No florals in my closet. I give it 3 stars as I got through three chapters and found them funny. However, since the theme/content did not change that deep into the book - nor did the author offer anything else (humor included) that I have heard/read a thousand times before, I cast it aside. Would I recommend it, sure thing. Would I buy friends a copy? Nope. I think its time to move beyond the overdone stereotypes.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Toni Campbell on January 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Simon Doonan is the most fabulous person I know. No, I don't know him personally but he is one of my bestest friends in my head. And do you know what best friends do? They give you advice. Advice on how to live as fabulously and stylishly as they do. As the long time creative director at Barney's (his window displays are legendary), Doonan is highly qualified to give us a tour through gay life and show us what we are doing wrong.

Yes, there is a book called French Women Don't Get Fat that eschewed the unhealthy American diet and was very popular, but people felt that the author looked down on us. Doonan doesn't do that, but he does hilariously chronicle his realization that gay men and French women are basically the same species: they love fashion, home decor, and limiting their calories. What follows is a sort of field guide to gay men and which of their habits we could adopt to live healthier and happier lives. He tells us the difference between straight and gay foods (lesbian food has its own category), what style persona that heterosexual men can adopt to always look put together, and even takes us on a "Bear" hunt.

One of the funniest books I've read in awhile!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on October 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When my friend shared with me a copy of this book, I was skeptical because I didn't know the author. It was only through his encouragement that I finally resented to checking out the first page, and reading it. From that page on, I was laughing hysterically! I greatly appreciated the wit and the humor with which he wrote each page. This was a fun book. I definitely recommend this to my gay friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph on August 3, 2013
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I've been a big fan of SD for many years. Another good read from
one of the beautiful people. I'm a great admirer.
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