Wednesday, October 4, 2017

One Of These Things First - A Coming of Age and Coming Out Memoir by Steven Gaines

One Of These Things First by Steven Gaines

Steven is 15 years old, growing up in 1960's Brooklyn. This memoir follows his trajectory from his grandparent's bar and girdle store to, after a failed suicide attempt, a private room in one of the most exclusive psychiatric hospitals in the world. Here Steven meets a brilliant young psychiatrist who promises to cure him of his homosexuality and provide him with the normalcy he longs for. At the hospital he also meets a Broadway producer, the husband of superstar Mary Martin, who opens a new world for him, an editor who claims she was President John F. Kennedy's lover, and other eccentric, wealthy neurotics, who make him feel like "Eliza Doolittle at the psycho country club."

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