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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; 1st edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385474458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385474450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Burgoine on March 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
A laughing friend thrust this book into my hands, saying that it had really made him laugh. I took it home, and sat down with it, and started to chuckle. But by the end of the book, I wasn't laughing nearly as much as I thought I would.
Here's the deal: It's not really all that funny, because although it's right on the nose and pokes a lot of fun at our own gay ideosyncracies, the book is also showing just how shallow, lacking, and fundamentally messed up gay culture is.
Now, I'm certainly not going to say that this wasn't a pleasure to read, it just left me with a melancholy feeling: Gosh, isn't it sad that we're pretty much just a joke. It was fun, but sometimes bitter, light, but sometimes kind of mean, this book seems to adeptly sum up the so-called gay culture: Laughable, but not all that funny sometimes, and very often pretty damned sad and lacking in self-esteem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first bought this hilarious book in 1995 at the UBC bookstore, and its humour helped me through a difficult time. Having grown up in small-town Alberta, I had always associated being openly gay with shame and fear, but this book light-heartedly revealed a world I had no idea of (remember, this was pre-Internet time and there were no bookstores with gay and lesbian literature sections.)
I read it several times before lending it to a friend, and both were soon long gone. I've been looking for it ever since and just today I chanced upon it here and immediately ordered it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John W. Morse on June 10, 2000
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Delightful, expert mixing of deadpan-style narration and photographs. Thoughtfully-written work is another fabulous creative triumph for gay and lesbian brethren. I recommend "...Living The Lifestyle" for skeptical "straight" folks as a great ice-breaker, conversation-starter, and laugh-inducer. So much in book sounds "true to life", e.g., beginning and ending relationships in tongue-in-cheek manner. Just seeing the cover of this book always brings a genuine smile to my 37-year-old face. Carefree guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheCountryCub on February 8, 2013
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First lesson before you pick up this book to know? Learn to laugh at yourself. Where the book is entertaining, it does list some pretty stereotypical gay/lesbian attributes from listening to dance music and even going to gay bars.

Don't take the book too seriously. It is meant to be funny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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From ten things not to say to your mother when coming out. To were the best place to live. The top cd's every gay man should own to magz. My favorite part is the quotes from movies and actors. If you want to have a good laugh and to learn something along the way then this is the book for you. Happy reading.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Graf on April 22, 2000
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This book picks out every possible gay stereotype and really analyzes it. The result is complete and utter humor, but it really gets you thinking. Why are we the way we are? And you know what... who cares? I'm proud to be me!
The explanations really make sense and even though its all in jest, you do wish some of it were true. The cartoons and the lists are to die for! The pictures of the gay facial expressions and the guide to "gay types!" AHH! It really is a handbook.
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