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My Last Dance with Auntie Brie

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My Last Dance with Auntie Brie is my testimony to coming out during the height of the Disco era. It is a tribute to all those who are no longer with us and to the survivors who lived the tale. Feel the reverberations of the disco beat as Auntie Brie seduces you on to the dance floor. Revisit some of the infamous clubs of the day including NYC’s Studio 54 and escape to the ...more
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Published April 19th 2019 by MLR Press
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Dee
I came across this book on NetGalley and almost overlooked it due to it being available via Books go Social. To date, I haven't had much luck with books obtained via them. Not just plot, but typos and horrendous ebook formatting, but I digress.

The blurb to this book pulled me in immediately. There are all too few books set in an era I recall with both fondness and trepidation. True to those feeling, the book captured a time when it was extremely difficult to live life 'openly' as a gay person.
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Nola Superba
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Late Seventies, early eighties gay life memories. There were some very poignant moments in this book but also some lighthearted ones too. "My Last Dance with Auntie Brie" was such a touching and interesting story. I liked reading of how Ron freed himself from his family (and the Catholic church) expectations. I cried with joy when Ron's parents made a surprise visit to Ptown and I felt sorry for the mysterious German leather man (Ron, you could have had kinder words about him) I was a bit ...more
Bud Gundy
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A memoir is always difficult to approach. What does this person have to say? Why is it important? My Last Dance with Auntie Brie is a rollicking, well-written, soaring story of discovering yourself, the pain of lost love, the comfort of conviction, longing for possibility. Ron Naples has written a captivating story of pride, loss, bitterness, and redemption. What can you say about a story where a night at Studio 54 with Grace Jones, Truman Capote, Farrah Fawcett, Debbie Harry and David Bowie ...more
W.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The blurb of this book said it was a fictionalized story based on experiences of coming out/being gay in the '70s. Yet it reads and feels as a memoir , hence my decision to view as such.

My Last Dance With Auntie Brie is a story about growing up as gay boy in the US , during 70’s , born into a strait-laced Italian catholic family. It recounts his initiation into an exotic and little know gay scene . We feel his struggles and hassles , his upsets and comedowns ; equally we get his the joie de
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Dieter Moitzi
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
More accurately, it's 4.5 stars.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This review has been originally posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!


The essentials first: I really liked this book, liked it very much indeed. It’s a compelling coming-out as well as coming-of-age novel, a historical manifesto, a sort of (I gather) heavily fictionalized memoir that retraces the author’s own experiences. In certain parts the book does read more like a memoir than a novel,
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Joyfully Jay
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


This is a memoir, and as Ron is still very much alive and a real person, has no carefully crafted character arc. The lessons he learns are painful and clumsy in the way all young people are as he tries to find himself, and while the people in this story may be amalgamations of real people, neither they nor the effect they had on Ron’s life — the effect they still have on his life — can be picked at and judged the way I judge fictional creations and fictional
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Jeff
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed reading this but one nagging question kept popping in my head. Is this a supposed memoir or fiction? The likelihood that one person experienced pretty much every aspect of the gay scene in the 70's and 80's so intimately is a little hard to swallow. Not that it isn't possible, just highly unlikely. Told in first person, My Last Dance... gives a pretty full picture of the gay experience during this eventful period of history. Towards the end I felt like Naples may have been ...more
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