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For Frying Out Loud - Rehoboth Beach Diaries Paperback – November 3, 2010

4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Rehoboth Beach Series

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Each entry, regardless of its subject matter, is approached with refreshing honesty, a healthy dose of self-deprecation, and enough mirth to make your face hurt from smiling by the time it s done. I am impressed with Ms. Jacobs mastery of colloquial writing. That is to say, her ability to tell each story in a simple, engaging way that makes the reader feel like she s sitting across the table sharing stories as the margaritas flow faster and faster. The essays are tight, focused, and refreshingly didactic without being judgmental or haughty; and the subject matter is often familiar, because many of us have had the same general experiences, observations, and conversations we ve just never managed to do it with the wit, flair, and je ne sais quoi that Ms. Jacobs and her merry band of Rehomos achieve time and again. --

--Salem West, Rainbow E-Reader

This collection of essays has to be one of the most original collections of writings ever ... She has whetted my appetite as I almost wet myself laughing. I understand that Jacobs is the secret love child of Dorothy Parker and Jackie Mason and she lives up to that with her sharp, caustic and literary wit. It is provocative and thought provoking and has some strong messages. This is the kind of book that yells, read me and you must, you really need to read this book. -- -- - --Amos Lassen Reviews
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Think of author/activist Fay Jacobs as kind of a lesbian Andy Rooney, the longtime curmudgeon commentator on 60 Minutes Of course, Fay is much more good natured and humorous, as she comments on life's little challenges and adventures, ranging from national events and her travels with her partner, to what she sees from her front porch in Rehoboth Beach. It's an intelligent, hysterically funny and occasionally poignant look at how we live today, with hopes for tomorrow. Recommended for everyone, male or female, gay or straight. Five stars out of five. --Echo Magazine

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Fay Jacobs is back! The author of As I Lay Frying and Fried & True returns with more wise and witty recollections about contemporary life in general and more specifically life in Rehoboth Beach, a small resort town on the Delaware Coast. A treat for longtime fans and new readers alike For Frying Out Loud is a collection of Fay s latest columns plus some new, never published material. It's provocative, political, occasionally heartwarming and reliably hilarious. Jacobs' witty way of describing universal experiences in her utterly unique voice will keep you laughing, smiling and relating page after page.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: A&M Books; First edition (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615342914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615342917
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2011
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If ever there were a time for the release of this book that time is right now! Fay Jacobs is a treasure - a combination of Mark Twain, Lily Tomlin, Gertrude Stein, and Laurel and Hardy all wrapped up in one fine writer and humorist. Who knew all the ins and outs of the life in Rehoboth Beach? It is as pungent as diaries from Provincetown and West Hollywood and Fire Island with a solid dollop of laughter thrown in for good measure.

Jacobs take everyday occurrences that feed her columns and dishes them out like piquant soufflés at whose core dwells the humor that can be found in almost everything. Her take on politics (at times acerbic but with very good reason...), on interpersonal relationships, on life's embarrassing moments, and on simple observations of how people react to the world and to news of the day and to each other provides a much needed grounding. How this talented observer can turn sow's ears into silk purses is wonderfully puzzling and at all times entertaining. But another aspect of her writing is the manner in which she embraces her own sexuality and hence the sexuality of this apparently skewed population of Rehoboth Beach and makes it so very normal and universal, never for a moment biting or moaning about injustices or prejudices, but instead replacing those tendencies with down home humor. We need a lot of Fay Jacobs around, but sense she is a unique lady we must all grab her books and .... breathe! Grady Harp, August 11
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Okay, I laughed so hard when I read Fay Jacob's first book, "As I Lay Frying" , in 2004 that I had to either get depends or have surgery---I opted for the surgery. Then she wrote "Fried and True", which made me cry and laugh and cry again--the beautiful story of Anyda and Muriel's life together. At least no surgery was needed after this one. Now, she comes out with "For Frying Out Loud", and I'm so grateful the surgery was a success and I can laugh all day, because this book keeps you laughing and makes you want more! So please Fay, say there's a 4th book in the works somewhere!!!
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Think of author/activist Fay Jacobs as kind of a lesbian Andy Rooney, the longtime curmudgeonly commentator on "60 Minutes." Of course, Fay is much more good natured and humorous, as she comments on life's little challenges and adventures, ranging from national events and her travels with her partner, to what she sees from her front porch in Rehoboth Beach. Who can't relate to problems with crowded airlines, food cravings, home improvement projects that go horribly wrong, dealing with medical insurance, online shopping, and keeping up with technology? Fay also tackles the issues of same-sex marriage, political correctness, homophobia, and her personal experiences in being a transplanted NYC resident now dealing with small town politics and a very different culture in small town Delaware.

It's an intelligent, hysterically funny and occasionally poignant look at how we live today, with hopes for tomorrow. Recommended for everyone, male or female, gay or straight. Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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AS THE TABLE TURNSFay Jacobs has done it again with her truly funny and very timely collection of stories For Frying Out Loud! Jacob's keen eye for details, odd and otherwise, her wry wit and spot on delivery has her readers nodding our heads (and wiping our eyes) along with her insights. The cleverly titled chapters with headings like: "Nobody Asked, Nobody Told," "Up Yours Truly," and "Landscaping for Dummies," give us the range of topics upon which Jacobs waxes with poignant and candid humor. But it is her piece "For Muriel" about the trailblazing publishers of Naid, one the first lesbian presses, which demonstrates the depth of Jacobs ability to evoke not only humor but a sense of honor in her subject matter. Jacobs dedication to her own work, issues of our times, as well as serving as a keeper of our past makes her one a literary gem of our times.
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I keep thinking Fay is going to run out of stories, anecdotes, and scenarious that range from the hilarious to the poignant -- but they just keep coming. "For Frying Out Loud" demonstrates Fay's ability to spot the humor within a serious situation, which brings her message into sharper focus for the reader. Using her personal journey and experiences, Fay brings readers along as traveling companions, which allows us to gain insight into a myriad of topics such as love, marriage, friendship, work, gay rights, community, etc. Her universal themes apply to all of us. I heartily recommend ALL of Fay's books and look forward to the next one!
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Loved it, I love all of her books and writings. Seriously, no one can tell a story like Fay J. I could not put it down, serious, a bit political, and FUNNY, but always, always, always entertaining. I read this book in 3 days. Run and get this book and her 2 others if you love to follow the adventures of a lesbian nomad and her faithful sidekick. Hilarious and informative at the same time, BUY IT, you won't be sorry!
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By Rich Barnett on February 23, 2011
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A funny book by a funny lady about a funny town in a funny state. Fix yourself a cocktail, settle back in a comfy chair, and enjoy your trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I know Fay personally and I can vouch that the situations she gets herself into are one hundred percent absolutely true. You can't make this stuff up....
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