A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen

A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen

by Elena Azzoni
     
 

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After having spent nearly her entire adult life dating women (and liking it), Elena Azzoni felt pretty secure in her sexual orientation: she’d even just been crowned Miss Lez 2007. Then, one day in yoga class, a male teacher moved in close to adjust her pose . . . and she suddenly found herself intensely—bafflingly—attracted to him. Eventually

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After having spent nearly her entire adult life dating women (and liking it), Elena Azzoni felt pretty secure in her sexual orientation: she’d even just been crowned Miss Lez 2007. Then, one day in yoga class, a male teacher moved in close to adjust her pose . . . and she suddenly found herself intensely—bafflingly—attracted to him. Eventually she initiated a flirtation with him; after that, there was no going back. A Year Straight is a chronicle of the hilariously disastrous year following Azzoni’s abrupt dive into the world of dating men: old enough to drink and keep her own hours, but as clueless as an adolescent when it comes to deciphering men’s words and actions, Azzoni is uniquely positioned to find herself in some ridiculously absurd scenarios. Often cringe-worthy and occasionally unbelievable, A Year Straight is a wildly entertaining look at one woman’s experiences dating a new sex—the opposite sex.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One night, Elena Azzoni was being crowned queen of the lesbian pageant, Miss Lez. Months later, she was twisted into literal and psychological knots in yoga class, stunned by a sneaking attraction to her male yoga teacher. This dramatic turnaround made her question not only her own identity but her place in the lesbian community. Conflicted but resolute, she explores dating men. Mishaps abound; she dumps men who don’t meet her standards, is dumped in turn and finally finds Mr. Right. Unfortunately, what could have been a searching and personal exploration of the fluidity of sexuality and identity becomes a shallow account of one-night stands devoid of introspection. Azzoni chooses to cast herself as unconvincingly naive and hapless and clings to outmoded gender stereotypes. Repetitive, rife with lazy generalities, this is a half-hearted attempt to turn a shift in sexual interest into a life journey. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Frank, funny and revealing of relations between—and among—the sexes."
Kirkus

"A Year Straight is a hilarious, engrossing page-turner that presents a whole new twist on the Manhattan dating scene."
— Katie Crouch, author, Girls in Trucks

"Azzoni leaves no genitalia unturned in her heroic quest for love, and it's a credit to her winning writing that she makes such a unique subject feel so relatable."
— Tami Sagher, writer, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, and Bored to Death

"Elena Azzoni's memoir is a delightful read—thoughtful and surprising, Azzoni seals the deal with her bona fide and unassuming wit"
— Alix Olson, writer/Performer

"Elena's moments of awkwardness, exhilaration, self-doubt, and heartbreak are told with engaging wit and candor, but it is her forthrightness about the complex issues of gender and sexuality that makes this book so original."
— Lisa Diamond, author, Sexual Fluidity

Kirkus Reviews
A 30-something comedic actress explores her sexual orientation. Attracted to women from a young age, as an adult, Azzoni found herself not only a card-carrying member of the Brooklyn lesbian community, but, after claiming the Miss Lez beauty-pageant title, its veritable poster child. "I couldn't have been gayer," she writes. "I cat-sat, drank herbal tea, and in high school played field hockey. I'd been both vegan and vegetarian. I was a food co-op member. I drove a stick shift. As a kid I undressed Barbie and Skipper and made them kiss and touch boobs. I was even allergic to nuts." Consequently, the author was shocked when, one day in yoga class, the embrace of her yoga instructor left her breathless with desire for him. That brief encounter ignited Azzoni's curiosity to become intimately involved with men. In often-hilarious detail, the author recounts her daring voyage into the dizzying cosmos of hetero dating. What sets this account apart from the typical mildly ironic coming-of-age chick-lit memoir is Azzoni's bald examination of how acting on this "newfound man-lust" would rock not only her sense of self but her station in the gay community: "What if I were truly attracted to men?" she writes. "Would I still have a place in my world? Could I betray the very people who had cheered me on as Miss Lez? I was reluctant to forfeit the rewards of coming out in the first place." Readers will appreciate the candor of the author's admission to fearing that her attraction to men might drive her back into the closet with the very friends who, like her, had struggled to get out of it. Frank, funny and revealing of relations between--and among--the sexes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580053617
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.58(h) x 0.68(d)

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