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Same Sex in the City by Lauren  Levin
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Read in January, 2008

A nice book, extremely well-intentioned, with a very slight daffy undercurrent. Many of the girls writing in the book are self-admitted JAPs/WASPs with a lot of disposable money and a penchant for shopping, alcohol, and gettin' pretty. The absurd side of the book is when they start talking about the family cruise they came out on, the heart-to-heart they had with a parent on an exotic beach, or how they "popped a Valium to calm down before approaching a hottie."

All this noted, there's a real strength to the idea of a book written by gay women who do not outwardly appear to be gay women - something I definitely relate to, despite not being of the ultra-femme, Jimmy Choos-wearing set. I enjoyed reading the personal recollections of girls who had to work that bit harder to be respected by their friends and family (who thought they were going through a phase) and the culture they entered (who thought they were experimenting). Not every story is dropping in wisdom, but there's a lot of honesty here - even with the occasional shallow aside about perfume and cute little skirts.

Definitely a book to enjoy if not outright treasure, and a nice one to lend to friends who are just coming out - but may not be interested in leaping headfirst into the cropped cut and plaid flannel stereotype.
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