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The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips, and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways Paperback – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155583650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555836504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicole Kristal graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon where she first learned that organizing bisexuals was similar to herding cats. Since then, she has written for Newsweek, Premiere magazine, Back Stage West newspaper and we

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Nicole Kristal graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon where she first learned that organizing bisexuals was similar to herding cats. Since then she has written for Newsweek, Premiere magazine, Back Stage West newspaper, The Hollywood Reporter, and Match.com. Her articles about bisexuality have appeared on AfterEllen.com ("The L Word Reinforces Negative Bisexual Stereotypes" and "Requiem for a Jolie") and the National Sexuality Resource Center website ("Tila Tequila's Shot at Stereotypes"). The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe won the coveted Lambda Literary Award in 2006. You can learn more about the book and read excerpts at www.bisexualsguide.com. For more information about Nicole, please visit her website at www.nicolekristal.com.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amy Andre on November 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is totally hilarious! It's a light-hearted fun read that kept me laughing all the way through. I love the description of the professional bisexual activist, the cute quizzes, and everything in between. I kinda wish that one of the intro chapters had been turned into a concluding chapter instead, but that is a minor criticism.

We bisexuals have so many books on theory, biphobia, bi representation, and tons of other much-need, but not necessarily fun, topics. This is the bi humor book I've always wanted to read.

Amy André

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Hank on January 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Who'd think that a dyed-in-the-wool gay guy would get so much out of a book called this. It's not a great title, because it limits who's going to pick it up, but geez, it's funny. I laughed out loud a few times and called a few of my friends to read sections of it. It's a humor book, and it has a lot of facts in it too.

Like every gay guy, I've had my share of relatioships with supposedly straight or bi guys who I always think are going to leave me for a girl, and they often do. Well, I wish I had that funny contract at the back of the book about what to fill out for my partners. I love it. Like the section that limits your partner's "other partner" to leaving one foot on the floor at all times, or not leaving a toothbrush over at the house.

I'm most fascinated about the celebs they have talking to them, and also the scientific research, good and bad about bi people. I didn't knw there was so much about it, and so much confusion. I love the animals section, where everything from snails to whales show incidents of going both ways.

Even if you're not promiscuous, or if you're straight, or gay, of if you've ever wondered or wandered the other way, you'll find something enjoyable in this. It's a perfect bathroom book, to pick up and read while sitting there. I've bought three copies for guys who wll at first get offended, but I've marked the pages they should read. Thanks Nicole and Michael for a good laugh.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Tucker on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great read for ANYONE. Don't be intimidated by the title. It's not just for Bisexual folks. It's funny and has some great "tests" to take on sexuality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Baier on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a funny read and has some good facts and information for both old and new Bisexuals, but the quizzes could have been better or left out completly.
Some of the questions for the quizzes were too broad, since some of us have never been in situations they pertain too.
I did think that they focused more on the sex issues then the mind/soul/community issues, but it was informative nonetheless.
However, I had great fun reading the book and could tell that the authors worked hard to acheive a good balance of sobriety and humor to make it entertaining instead of sterile.
I am actually looking forward to another book by the authors, if they decide to make one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. House on June 23, 2009
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Def recommend buying this book. the authors put a comedic and original spin of this subject and made it a pleasure to read (except for the quizzes and lists...which are jokes; i skipped those). The personal insights for the two bisexual authors gave the book substance and were very touching.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Furner on January 30, 2011
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If you would like basic to advanced info on the bisexual lifestyle, here is an excellent resource. With great explanations and various fun quizzes you can take, a serious yet not so serious tone, and the way the authors use language (that other people would use as a way to tell you how they veiw you) in a manner that keeps your spirits high and brings a smile and a chuckle to your face. This is definately a book worth it's salt.
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