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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The touching and funny memories of childhood - as only Felice Picano could tell them. "Ambidextrous" tells the story of Picano's youth in the suburbs of New York during the Fifties. Beginning at age eleven, Picaso's "memoir in the form of a novel" tells all: home life, school face-offs, the ingenuous sophistications of his first sexual steps. In three years' time, he's had ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Hard Candy (first published 1985)
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Carlos Mock
Ambidextrous by Felice Picano

This is a tale told in the first person of Mr. Picano's youth, from ages 10 to 13 and his many sexual encounters with both boys and girls. It is a time capsule of life of young teenagers in the fifties.

Unfortunately, the book is a slow tedious read and not Mr. Picano's best effort. His homosexual relationship with Richard Victor (Rickie) Hersch is genuine, and a marvel to read, but his heterosexual relationships with Susan Flaherty and Franny Solomon are tedious and
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Juliet
Dec 13, 2007 Juliet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
there aren't enough stars in the world to give to this book!!!!A million weeks on the christopher street best seller list.
I picked it up in high school, only because I'm ambidextrous myself, "maybe it'll be like me" I thought. I didn't know the half of it!

more sex than you could possible ask for. Obviously the author is SMOKIN because he's been gettin' it coming and going since he was twelve. blow jobs from his first glue sniffin gay friend. threesomes with soap oprea watching girls in the bseme
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Benjamin
Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
Beautifully written, very readable account of the writer's early years.
Chris
Jun 14, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, first-edition
This is an honest and truthful memoir of three childhood years in the 1950s. His courageous stance against intellectual bullying from his teachers and his willingness to accept his natural sexuality, whatever it is, remain inspirations inspirations to all. It deserves to be more widely read.
H-bomb
May 13, 2008 H-bomb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I'm trying to expand my familiarity with the GLBTQ canon, but I just don't think Picano is a very good writer. I'm sorry, Gregory!
Flutie
Dec 03, 2007 Flutie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes!
Freakishly tearjerking
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