Gay Men Don't Get Fat by Simon Doonan

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Simon Doonan knows that when it comes to style, the gays are the chosen people. A second anthropological truth comes to him midway through a turkey burger with no bun, at an otherwise hetero barbecue: Do the straight people have any idea how many calories are in the guacamole? In this hilarious discourse on and guide to the well-lived life, Doonan goes far beyond the secrets to eating like the French—he proves that gay men really are French women, from their delight in fashion, to their brilliant choices in accessories and décor, to their awe-inspiring ability to limit calorie intake. A Gucci-wearing Margaret Mead at heart, Doonan offers his own inimitable life experiences and uncanny insights into makes gay people driven to live every day feeling their best, and proves that they have just as much—and possibly better—wisdom, advice, and inspiration beyond the same old diet and exercise tips.

So put down that bag of Pirate’s Booty and pick up this fierce and fabulous book. From slimming jaunts through Capri in the evening to an intrepid “Bear” hunt (if you have to ask, you have to read this book and find out for yourself), Gay Men Don’t Get Fat is the ultimate approach to a glamorous lifestyle—plus, you are guaranteed to laugh away the pounds!


About Simon Doonan

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SIMON DOONAN is the author of several books, including Wacky Chicks and Nasty, which was adapted for TV in the UK. Originally from England, he worked on Savile Row before becoming the creative director for Barneys New York, where he created legendary windows for more than twenty years. He is also a columnist for Slate, and has appeared on countless national TV shows, including Gossip Girl and America's Next Top Model. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.
Published January 5, 2012 by Plume. 265 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Doonan offers precious perspectives on the unique companionship proffered by a “fag hag,” random lesbian life, divas worthy of gay adulation and the “car-crash recklessness” of overly flamboyant personalities like fashion maven Bobby Trendy (“Suzie Wong meets Caligula”).

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“The purpose of this book is to extract useful nuggets and nuances from my gay life and hurl them in your direction, often with tremendous force and gusto.” English-born Doonan (Wacky Chicks) does just that in this hilarious and sometimes smarmy account of the social mores of the gay community.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Simon Doonan seems to be living in a world of yesterday when it comes to gay consciousness, gay accomplishments, and human (gay and non-gay) rights to the point that, when he mentions artist and retailer Jonathan Adler as his ‘husband,’ the reader suspects that he is simply delusional, rather th...

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Diets in Review

Gawker columnist Brian Moylan suggests that gay men stay thin largely as part of a gay culture that includes fear of being “alone for the rest of their lives.” He also goes on to luridly state that gay men also tend to have open relationships, even if they get married.

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Diets in Review

“I love brown rice and greens.” He explains that his love of healthy, whole foods comes from his childhood, when his mother described flour and sugar as “white death.” You may not get the most medically sound diet advice from Doonan’s book, but you will be very entertained.

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Diets in Review

Gay Men Don’t Get Fat is the latest book by Simon Doonan, the longtime creative director at Barney’s, fashion columnist at Slate and author of several other books.

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No one raises an eyebrow if you suggest that a guy who arranges his furniture just so, rolls his eyes in exaggerated disbelief, likes techno music or show tunes, and knows all of Bette Davis's best lines by heart might, just possibly, be gay.

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