Peppered with one-liners and pop-cultural references ranging
from a mention of the TV series H.R. Pufnstuf to one of the
film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, DeCaro's
memoir of growing up gay in an Italian Catholic family in
Little Falls, N.J., sweetly and vividly recalls the bonds
and breaches of parent-child relationships, a theme that provides
the backdrop to his anecdotal chronicle of childhood tormentors
and of recognizing, accepting and eventually celebrating his
difference. Ostracized by classmates who knew he was gay before
he did ("I'd always put the 'boy' in 'Flamboyant'")
and an enigma to his loving if somewhat inept parents, a young
DeCaro finds hope in the extravagance of role models Elton
John and Paul Lynde and ensuing validation in his high-school
theater department. All this is revealed in ironic turns of
phrase, deadpan wit and pinpoint characterization, sparing
not his mother: a "pear shaped bundle of Aqua Net";
his father: "a big lug who hated only two things in the
whole world: dogs sniffing his crotch, and stepping in chewing
gum"; his live-in grandma: "With upper arms that
hung like parade-float bunting, the constitution of a battleship,
and the salty vocabulary of a sailor on shore leave";
and not, least of all, himself. Growing up gay in the suburbs
was a trial for DeCaro, a contributing editor to Martha Stewart
Living, yet he renders the experience with ease and humor
in this laudable memoir.
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Ask anyone what Cher wore to the Oscars in 1985 and they can
describe the Spiderwoman headdress, the exposed navel, and the
looks on people's faces when she made her entrance. Ask about
Carol Burnett's "Went with the Wind" dress, and they'll
say it was a green velvet Southern Belle costume made from drapes--with
the curtain rod still attached. Funny and outrageous, these
are just two of the many costumes Mackie has indelibly etched
into our minds. He has also dressed such celebrities as Elton
John, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, and RuPaul; designed for Broadway,
Las Vegas, opera, and ballet; and currently runs a couture business
with licenses for fragrance, fashion accessories, eyewear, suits,
furs, home furnishings, and collectible Barbie dolls.
This spectacularly bright and
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to classic photos of marvelous Mackie-clad superstars of the
last three decades, glorious gatefolds and specially commissioned
color photographs by Gideon Lewin illustrate Mackie's extraordinary
Unmistakably Mackie demonstrates
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the consciousness of the American masses and turned them on
to a stylish fantasy that is purely his own.
& Grace: Fabulously Uncensored gives
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Four elderly women sharing a house in Florida.
An unlikely set-up for a television comedy, much less a classic
in the making. But that’s exactly what happened with The
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came to run for seven seasons, and why it lives on forever on
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with Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan!
Top 10 Reasons Why Gays Love the "Girls"!
& Campy Guest Star Alerts!
Featuring exclusive interviews with the creators,
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to The Golden Girls is perfect for reading alone or sharing
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