Gay Men Don't Get Fat

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452298538
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon Doonan is the author of several books, including Wacky Chicks, Confessions of a Window Dresser, and Beautiful People, which was adapted for television in the UK. Originally from England, he worked on Savile Row before becoming the creative director for Barneys New York, where he designed legendary window displays for more than twenty years. Formerly a columnist for The New York Observer, he is now a contributor to, and has appeared on Gossip Girl, Iron Chef America, America's Next Top Model, and elsewhere. Doonan lives in New York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.

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Praise for GAY MEN DON’T GET FAT by Simon Doonan:

"Simon Doonan is one funny gay nugget."
—Chelsea Handler

"If I were really short, gay, and way funnier than I am now, I would try to pass myself off as Simon Doonan."
—Malcolm Gladwell

"Simon Doonan is the Auntie Mame every up-and-coming future legend should have, the gay best friend who always gives it to you straight."

"Simon writes like a lethal combo of Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker. I laughed so hard while reading this book I nearly split my Spanx."
—Joan Rivers

"The most un-tragic book about being gay ever written."
—John Waters

"Dining with Mr. Doonan is like lunching with the 'Jersey Shore'-era grandnephew of Oscar Wilde....there are times when his thoughts on the sexual orientation of food can be unexpectedly eye-opening."
—Jeff Gordinier, The New York Times

"[D]eliciously mischievous wit...Doonan is the David Sedaris of the style universe."
—Christopher Muther, The Boston Globe

“Blisteringly funny.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[Gay Men Don’t Get Fat] will certainly have you laughing until your sides hurt.”
—Alyssa Vingan, Marie Claire

“In addition to educating those not-in-the-know, Doonan regales readers with tongue-in-cheek commentary and witchy barbs that bespeak a more militant Joan Rivers.”
Publishers Weekly

“The sense of humor … is matched by a very real motivation to empower women.”
—Kerry Pieri, Harper's Bazaar

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Gay Men Don't Get Fat 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
auntmip More than 1 year ago
Superficial like all his other writing, not very interesting, much of the time NOT funny either. I wish I had gone with my first instincts and not bought the book.
GamecockGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love all of Simon's other books, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had a new book. This book, a take-off of "French Women Don't Get Fat" is full of Simon's snarky humor as he imparts his wisdom on how to live a fabulous life. Don't read this book expecting a guide to losing weight. Instead, read it prepared to laugh out loud at Simon's sense of humor as he laments the state of the wardrobes and lives of most straight women. Prepare to take a time trip as Simon visits his past in London and New York in the 1970's, all the way to the present, where he is the "reigning Queen" of Barney's New York. Like his previous books, this one is a jewel, and is not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spend your money on something else
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next result. Fuq me at next result.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simon Doonan is my favorite essayist, so much so that I ended my NY Observer subscription when they changed their format and stopped publishing his columns. As always, his descriptions and commentary are so witty you will laugh out loud. For those of you who might be confused by the title, it's not a diet book. But if you care as much as gay men do about appearance and esthetics, you will not be fat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago