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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477508813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477508817
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Macdonald on July 6, 2012
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I bought this for fun, on a hunch. I'm so glad that I did as it turned into a wonderful bit of fun with some really touching moments to make it real. No one who grew up gay in the South in the 80's could escape without some challenges but Harvey let us into his world through a wonderfully amusing and heart warming tale. Kudos!
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We all need a friend like Harvey! I must confess that I'm not much of a casual reader...most of what I read falls on the heavy side, and should not be taken after a big meal, too close to bedtime, or during a sunny afternoon while relaxing on the sofa with a sleeping cat in your lap...ahhhh, but Blush? This I could read anytime. I don't think Mr. Helms will mind too much, if I say his book was for me a sugary sweet indulgence--my own RC Cola with a Moon Pie, please! (If you're over forty and from the South, you'll know my meaning here.)--"Oh pinch me, I must be dreaming! I put on Ralph Lauren beige everything with chocolate crocodile loafers. Ralph with crocodile is always appropriate, you know."--So, funny! And I think to myself, if Harvey says so, it must be true!

Blush, though, is ever so much more than entertaining...we get a glimpse into the private world of someone who can't have had an easy life: a young, gay male, living in the South, trying to succeed in a highly competitive, mostly female-based business--the challenges must have been daunting. I say we get a glimpse because Blush never dwells on the ugly or the cruel; it lets us know it's there, and then moves on quickly--or we could say Blush rises above it, like a bubble. Either way Harvey Helms is a true indomitable spirit! So indulge yourself a little, read Blush--the way you look at the cosmetic's ladies in Macy's will never be the same!
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What a fun book. I have no idea how I stumbled upon it but I'm glad I did. Harvey, you had me talking out loud to the book! "No!" "Really?!" "You can't be serious!" I feel like I was sharing the time with a good friend and I'm sad that its over. (That last chapter went by so quickly and then "poof" you disappeared. Really, do you have a blog? I need to know what happened next and I need more on that last chapter!!!) Money and time well spent.
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A super-fun read, Harvey Helms' Blush reminds me a bit of that long-ago, guilty-pleasure Coffee, Tea or Me? and the not-so-long-ago The Devil Wears Prada. Rather than the airline or fashion industries though, Blush is a boozy, flirty romp that takes us behind the scenes of the department store cosmetics business.

Helms' insider tales of the industry's quirks, secrets and people behaving badly are highly entertaining and sometimes shocking. He engages us with his self-deprecating wit and cheerful disposition and somehow manages not to sugarcoat the blatant bigotry he faced both in college and in the early days of his career.

Helm's also generously gives us a glimpse into the quintessential, dysfunctional Southern family (bless their hearts!) and his own quest for the ideal beauty regimen and the perfect man. There are angels and villains and--spoiler alert--a happy ending. I'll never again step up to the Lancome counter without thinking of Harvey!
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The coming up story of a gay southern boy is full of funny events and beauty secrets. Harvey's life is a upward spiral told with joy and no little drama. A fun read poolside or at your hair salon. It's like I've made a new friend.
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When I first read Blush (in the bathtub), I was getting all pickled and could not put it down. It is so funny, yet so real! It would be what Woody Allen would write if he was gay (and as funny as Harvey). (Ok. I had a brain freeze and couldn't remember Woody's name so I had to google "movie director, married daughter. I only thought of that clever google search based on his Son's post on Father's day: "Happy brother-in-law's day."). Harvey has such an amazing voice and his analogies just hit home. You feel like you are in the book with him and want to give him advice. "I know Tammy Faye spends gads of money on make-up, but just don't do it! Harvey: Step away from the blonde!" Harvey has an incredible, engaging voice. He'll be your new BFF in no time. I'm buying this for all my friends. (What more can you offer your own BFFs than laughter and friendship). And, I've got my copy to read again!
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Blush is a wonderful read and pulls you into Harvey's world of beauty and being a gay man in the South. After reading the last page I immediately wanted to know what happened next in Harvey's life. He shares the good, bad and the ugly of his life and has you laughing out loud as he describes the people he encounters. Can't wait for the next book!
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Thank Goodness this arrived just before I left town for the shore! I laughed for two days straight as I made my way through the trials and tribulations that are Harvey! What a wonderful ability to paint a picture of fellow employees, and put a sense of fear in those of us that have had bosses from EGO-land. I felt as though I was working the cosmetics counter right next to Harvey. What a trip! I look forward to reading the sequel....smiles
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