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Way to Go, Smith!

Smith, Bob

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ISBN 10: 0688162878 / ISBN 13: 9780688162870
Verlag: Rob Weisbach Books
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Titel: Way to Go, Smith!

Verlag: Rob Weisbach Books

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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A multiple-week Advocate bestseller, Openly Bob won the Lambda Literary Award and unanimous applause from reviewers across the country. Bob Smith's observations on life as a happily adjusted gay man offered a refreshingly witty dose of nineties reality. Now, after breaking up with his longtime boyfriend, Tom, Bob takes us back to figure out where all the trouble began--his hilarious, hyper-normal (and hyper-strange) family life.

Here you'll meet Bob's comically unsympathetic grandmother, who treats his carsickness by stuffing him between his brothers in the backseat: "Bob only throws up because he's near a window and he can." You'll hear about his first teacher crush: "McGaffin was an odd mix of manly and fey; his five o'clock shadow could plunge a room into darkness and yet his handwriting was better than the samples offered in our textbooks." And you'll witness Bob's first brush with fame: His reaction to health filmstrips made him the only boy in the fourth grade who could faint from the sitting position.

Moving, ironic, and tinged with recognition, Bob's new collection is at once bittersweet nostalgic fun and a testament to the unquestionable gifts on a highly original comic writer.

Review:

"The great thing about the shareware between a couple is that the network is limited to the two of you," writes humorist Bob Smith in "Wolf Whistling in the Dark," the first chapter in his second collection of interlinked essays. "No one has ever understood me or known me better than Tom, but recently we seemed to have forgotten each other's access code." The novella-length examination of the breakup of Smith's long-term relationship is one of the highlights of Way to Go, Smith!--but each essay has its gemlike moments. Although some of his epigrammatic quips are gay-specific ("Gay men have a tendency to examine an attractive body almost as if, by some miracle, they might have to identify it later when it turns up in their beds"), Smith's recollections of his childhood experiences at home and school would strike a chord with any reader. His sexuality and the experiences that stem from it are combined with these anecdotes in an unapologetic but also unassuming way that teaches all of us to accept Bob Smith just as he is (though it's hard not to like such a handsome and witty guy)--and, hopefully, to accept others around us for who they are as well. --Ron Hogan

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