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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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155583650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555836504
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Very little of value here. Not worth the cost, even at the low Kindle price. Most of it was worthless--e.g. numerous pages on cartoon characters that were bisexual. The authors tried way too hard (unsuccessful in my opinion) to be funny. Disappointing.
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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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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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In short: It's kinda funny and an easy read, but not very informative, and not something I'd suggest to anyone as an introduction to bisexuals/bisexuality/any LGBT stuff.

I was hoping to find an informative and cleverly written book, and this really wasn't it. Written like an abominable combination of cheap tabloids and a 90s teen magazine with an LGBT subject line, this book has pages and pages of useless silly quizzes and 32+ pages of paragraph-biographies concerning celebrities/historical figures most of whom are probably not bisexual. So if you're worried you won't be able to finish the book, don't worry - you can skip those bits.

The authors write like intelligent, well-meaning people who have only ever worked for buzzfeed, college humor at best. I haven't read anything else by these authors, and this makes me curious how their other work reads. The most interesting bits were where they spoke up about their personal experiences, but almost everything else is written poorly, with incredible bias, or about something entirely useless.

Still, if you're already familiar with LGBT/bisexual specific material, and think you can stomach the frustrating writing style and bias, go for it. It gave me a few laughs. Worth the $3 kindle price. Not sure I'd be willing to fork out any more than that.
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This book is hilarious. Only one con, as I was reading the Chapter "How to Seduce a Straight Girl", my dad decided to borrow my Kindle. And that's how I came out to my father. Oops.

Great book though. Highly recommend.
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By Keto on December 18, 2013
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This is my first book about Bisexuality, so I cant compare with other books. But definitely, its not hard to understand, you can not find there theory's and deep researches about theme, just you can really enjoy reading this book after tiring working day. You can find interesting story's, films, advice's and etc.
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