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My Lives

White, Edmund, 1940- (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
My Lives


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Baker & Taylor
Arranged thematically rather than chronologically, a collection of reminiscences by the critically acclaimed author integrates social history and humor as he discusses such topics as his psychologists, lovers, family, and friends.

HARPERCOLL

No one has been more frank, lucid, rueful and entertaining about growing up gay in Middle America than Edmund White. Best known for his autobiographical novels, starting with A Boy's Own Story, White here takes fiction out of his story and delivers the facts of his life in all their shocking and absorbing verity.

From an adolescence in the 1950s, an era that tried to "cure his homosexuality" but found him "unsalvageable," he emerged into a 1960s society that redesignated his orientation as "acceptable (nearly)." He describes a life touched by psychotherapy in every decade, starting with his flamboyant and demanding therapist mother, who considered him her own personal test case -- and personal escort to cocktail lounges after her divorce. His father thought that even wearing a wristwatch was effeminate, though custodial visits to Dad in Cincinnati inadvertently initiated White into the culture of "hustlers and johns" that changed his life.

In My Lives, White shares his enthusiasms and his passions -- for Paris, for London, for Jean Genet -- and introduces us to his lovers and predilections, past and present. "Now that I'm sixty-five," writes White, "I think this is a good moment to write a memoir. . . . Sixty-five is the right time for casting a backward glance, while one is still fully engaged in one's life."



Book News
Best known for his autobiographical novels, White here removes the fiction from his story to deliver the facts in all their shocking and absorbing verity. Rather than a chronology, he uses categories to organize his life: "My Shrinks," "My Blonds," "My Europe," "My Master" and so on. On every subject, however, White writes with wit, intelligence and frankness. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Arranged thematically rather than chronologically, an entertaining collection of reminiscences by the critically acclaimed author of A Boy's Own Story integrates social history and humor as he discusses such topics as "My Shrinks," "My Lovers," "My AIDS," "My Family," "My Brushes with Greatness," and "My Books." 40,000 first printing.

Authors: White, Edmund, 1940-
Statement of Responsibility: Edmund White
Title: My lives
Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, c2006
Characteristics: 356 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
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