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1. Naked Places, A Guide for Gay
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2. Frommer's Gay and Lesbian Europe,
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3. My Lead Dog Was A Lesbian : Mushing
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4. Damron Men's Travel Guide 2005
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5. Bruce Chatwin : A Biography
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6. Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA,
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7. Naked Magazine's World Wide Guide
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8. Baltimore Portraits
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10. Damron Womens Traveller 2005 (Damron
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1. Naked Places, A Guide for Gay Men to Nude Recreation and Travel, 4th ed.
by Michael Boyd
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Asin: 096560893X
Catlog: Book (2002-08-20)
Publisher: Mercury Productions
Sales Rank: 138399
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Naked Places is the gay man’s guide to nude recreation around the world. Inside, you’ll find information on well over 600 nude beaches, hot springs, and other natural areas that are popular with gay men, complete with detailed directions. Additionally, there are profiles of nearly 250 gay resorts, inns, guesthouses, campgrounds, and other accommodations where you won’t need to pack a swimsuit for the pool and hot tub. You’ll also find a directory of gay nudist social clubs as well as information about a variety of other activities--such as gay nude sailboat trips. Open these pages and open the door to a whole world of Naked Places! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly Useful and Well Written Guide for Nudists
This book (and its earlier editions) has been worth its weight in gold for finding clothing optional places in Hawaii, Italy, Key West and even locally here in the Phoenix area. Naked Places led me to what I think is the most gorgeous nude beach anywhere, that being Little Beach on the island of Maui. The photos in the book are very nice, but the descriptions are what really help the reader decide where they want to go. This is my Number One travel guide, as it should be for any man who likes to vacation naked and naturally.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb book for guys who just can't stand swimsuits
As far as I am concerned, Naked Places is the best gay travel guide out there. True, this book zooms in precisely on my main travel interests, namely gay nude beaches and resorts. But what really impresses me is how amazingly detailed and well written this book is, and the amount of information is really awesome... TOP NOTCH! I have every edition of this book and Mr. Boyd continues to out-do himself with each updated version. I really appreciate the fact that the author has gone to the effort of explaining in detail the risks involved in going to certain "traditional" nude beaches where it is technically illegal to be naked. You can read the facts and then make an informed decision about what risks you are willing to take. One of the things I most like about this newest version is the fact that all photos are reader submitted. The photos are nice to look at (and they do show EVERYTHING) but do not look like posed model shots. You can really imagine seeing one of these guys at a nude beach! This is a terrific book, and if you've ever thought about going to a nude beach or staying at a gay resort with a "clothing optional" policy, this is your book. ... Read more


2. Frommer's Gay and Lesbian Europe, Third Edition
by DavidAndrusia, MemphisBarbree, HaasMroue, DonaldOlson, David Andrusia, Memphis Barbree, Haas Mroue, Donald Olson
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Asin: 0764519808
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Frommers
Sales Rank: 140908
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Book Description

The only European travel guide available for gays and lesbians

  • Offers inside tips on the gay and lesbian scene in every locale, plus practical information on hotels, dining, and attractions-a must for the 74 percent of U.S. gays and lesbians who took an international trip in 2001
  • Covers all of Europe's top gay and lesbian destinations-Prague, London, Brighton, Paris, Nice, Berlin, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rome, Florence, Venice, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Sitges, and Ibiza
  • Features all-new coverage of two additional destinations-Dublin and Copenhagen
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3. My Lead Dog Was A Lesbian : Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod--the World's Most Grueling Race (Vintage Departures)
by BRIAN PATRICK O'DONOGHUE
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Asin: 0679764119
Catlog: Book (1996-03-19)
Publisher: Vintage
Sales Rank: 90147
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Frank Discussion of Other Mushers Adds to Realism of Book..
I ordered this book based on rave reviews of others. Initially, the shift in time from one scene to another is confusing, but once the reader gets used to the format, the book is engrossing. Having also read Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen, I was prepared for the descriptions of the grueling test the mushers and dogs face. What was great about THIS book is the realism of the event and especially the character sketches of "name" mushers. The other mushers in the race are far more than just names, they are real people, acting in the "sometimes great, sometimes evil, sometimes stupid, sometimes humane" way that real people do. In addition, because the book spends a lot of time "in the back" of the race, you understand that the Iditarod tests ALL the mushers, not just the winners.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Lead Dog Was A Lesbian
I bought this book on the way to the airport for a flight to Helsinki. I wanted a book on mushing but and this was the only book the store had in so I grabbed it not convinced I was going to like it. Once I opened it I couldn't put it down. This has to be one of the greatest books I've ever read. This is a guy who can really keep a captive audience with his stories. And funny!!! I laughed almost all the way across the ocean. I'm a musher who wants to run the Iditarod and have gone through one when my boyfriend ran it and thought that's why I appreciated his humor so much but while I was in Helsinki my housemate who HATES dogs period and has ZERO intrest in mushing was laughing really hard one evening. I peeked into the livingroom to see what was so funny and there she was reading this book. I must have loaned it to a hundred people so far and everyone of them loved it! I reccomend this book to everyone!!! Even cat lovers! PS - we even "borrowed" one of his dog's names for one of ours!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read
I thought the book was well written - I read at every opportunity, even my lunch time at work! I'm from South Africa, where winter day temperatures hover around 15 deg C (59 F) and I've seen snow maybe twice in my life, but this story was written in such a way that I'm burning to try mushing myself! Imagine that! I've ordered other books on mushing which, I'm hoping, will convince me that I shouldn't be so crazy.

Well worth the read and keep it on your bookshelf for future reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars a lot safer than taking on the iditarod yourself
This is far from the best-written non-fiction book I have ever read. The journalist's experience writing in the shorter form of articles shows through in the disjointed feel of much of the narrative. This is still well worth the read if you have any interest in Alaska, mushing, or man's working relationship with dogs. Even without those interests you may well find the book enjoyable.
At the beginning I was first overcome by the romantic notion of this amazing race, and reading through his preparations deluded myself with the fantasy of doing such a thing myself (a real joke considering how much I dislike even camping). Once the race gets underway, my most common thought was "these people are ...insane!" It was terrific and I really wanted to know how it would turn out for each and every one of them.
The title can provide for some fun too. The other day I overheard from another room Child A ask, "What is a lesbian?" Child B responded, "It is a type of dog." After much laughter I had to call them in and correct it, although I had fun imagining the kind of conversation this could cause in public at one point if they were both left with their misconception.
Since you are on this page, and reading these reviews, you are probably interested enough in the subject that reading this book would be a positive experience for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll Just Read About It, Thanks.
Of the Iditarod books I've read this has to rank as one of the best. Apparently a good sense of humor and a high appreciation of irony is a necessary component of being a Musher. ... Read more


4. Damron Men's Travel Guide 2005 (Damron Men's Travel Guide)
by Gina Gatta, Damron Gatta
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Asin: 0929435508
Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
Publisher: Damron Company
Sales Rank: 43261
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5. Bruce Chatwin : A Biography
by NICHOLAS SHAKESPEARE
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Asin: 0385498292
Catlog: Book (2000-02-15)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Sales Rank: 714448
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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Bruce Chatwin was the golden child of contemporary English letters. Paradoxically, however, his books appeared relatively late in his life: until 1977, when the 37-year-old author published In Patagonia, this precocious, intense figure had occupied himself as an art specialist at Sotheby's, a journalist with the Sunday Times, an archaeologist, and a restless, perennial traveler. Once he got started, of course, Chatwin made up for lost time. By 1989, when he died of an AIDS-related illness, he had produced seven books--including two superb novels and his sui generis masterpiece, The Songlines--and won himself a worldwide audience.

As Nicholas Shakespeare makes clear in Bruce Chatwin, his subject remained an obsessive art collector long after he left Sotheby's. He was no less assiduous when it came to the acquisition of human trophies, taking both male and female lovers throughout the course of his marriage. Many a wife might have resented these magpie impulses--and indeed, Elizabeth Chatwin and her errant spouse endured some rocky times. Yet she remained touchingly loyal to him, and it was her cooperation and tenacity that enabled this biography to come about. Shakespeare captures the author's peculiar charisma and his tendency to transform everything--friendships, landscapes, meals, journeys--into aesthetic artifacts. Even when Chatwin experiences a writer's block while working on The Viceroy of Ouidah, he does it with style:

To try to finish the book, Bruce rented a house in Ronda for five months: "an exquisite neo-Classical pavilion restored by an Argentinean architect who has run out of money." He wrote in longhand on 20 yellow legal pads, refilling his Mont Blanc from two bottles of Asprey's brown ink.
There is excellent, evocative writing throughout Shakespeare's biography. The passages describing Chatwin's miserable death are both harrowing and deeply moving, but Shakespeare is no less adept at conveying, say, his subject's disappointment at failing to win the Booker Prize for Utz. (Chatwin cheered up considerably when a friend told him that Alberto Moravia had given the book a glowing thumbs-up in an Italian newspaper.) What comes across most, perhaps, in this immense and excellent life, is the complete aloneness of the man, an almost impenetrable solitude. Australian poet Les Murray may have had the last word when he noted: "He was lonely and he wanted to be. He had those blue, implacable eyes that said: 'I will reject you, I will forget you, because neither you nor any other human being can give me what I want.'" --Catherine Taylor ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Good reference. Not fun to read, by fermed.
This is a long book and a tedious one. I kept reading it in the hope that I would "get into it," but when it was finally over I hadn't. Perhaps not liking it was my problem; perhaps my expectations were too great. I knew this man was a controversial but interesting figure, whose book "In Patagonia" had moved me deeply years ago; I expected great things from his biography.

Was it Nicholas Shakespeare's prose? I don't know. It is hard to believe that one could be bored reading about such a hyperactive, outrageous and exciting adventurer. Much as I hate putting down the author's obviously monumental effort, I look forward to the day when Bruce Chatwin's life will be written about with the same vibrancy, intensity and verve with which he lived it.

There is no doubt that the book is of great value as a reference and a resource about Chatwin and his life. But a good read it is not.

4-0 out of 5 stars More than a biography
Before I started the book, I'd read a great deal about it, and heard Nicholas Shakespeare on the radio. I had great expectations, and they were fulfilled.

It is interesting how little one can learn of Bruce Chatwin from reading his books, but Shakespeare fleshes out his subject wonderfully well. You get the feeling, "So this is what Bruce Chatwin was really like.", and, "So this is what Bruce Chatwin really meant."

But what impressed me most was how occasionally I would be stopped cold and forced to think, not about Bruce Chatwin, but about my own (albeit far less spectacular) life. Shakespeare not only knows Bruce Chatwin well, he also knows something of the human condition.

2-0 out of 5 stars Flawed biography
My main beef with the book was with its fawning biographer. I felt as if Shakespeare lost his objectivity, and fell under the star power of his subject. While he discusses Chatwin's flaws, he does so with an aspect of fan-worship, which, if one is to believe the biography, was par for the course - everyone fell under his spell. I would hope for better from the biographer - some more real balance, some real critisism.

By-products of this were some seriously pedantic chapters. For example, the chapter about the cabinet wasn't painstakingly researched, it was painfully boring. I remember a relationship with someone who I loved so intensely that I was able to draw her likeness from memory, which was remarkable, given my complete inability to draw anything's likeness. Shakespeare appears to seek to recreate Chatwin through sheer intensity of concentration, spending inordinate time on irrelevant minutae. At the end of the day, he does his subject a disservice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Shakespeare has constructed the finest biography I have ever read. At times, it even seems that Chatwin's merely a supporting cast member to Shakespeare's storytelling. I found mself limiting how many pages I could read a day so that I could drag it out as long as possible. It's not just for Chatwin fans either. I went into the bio with no knowledge of him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I feel a certain ambivalence about this book. It is extremely well written, obviously painstaikingly researched and detailed, but I am still left a little outside the Chatwin myth. What I wanted from it was a feel for who Bruce Chatwin was - one hears so much about him, and if, like me, you have not read his books, this was my entree into his world. I was left feeling that BC needed a good smack and spent his life being indulged by all those closest to him. But then, we do tend to indulge people we love; it's obvious that he had great charisma and spent most of his life surrounded by adoring fans.

It also made me cross that he wouldn't admit to his sexuality - perhaps I should feel sad for him that he was unable to.

I was rather thrown by how much knowledge the reader is presumed to have (French without translation and many names I knew the sound of but could not place). Also the lack of substance in Elizabeth's portrayal was rather maddening.

However, it certainly is a brilliant book, and it did make me think - that surely is what it's about. ... Read more


6. Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA, 2nd Edition : The Most Comprehensive Guide for Gay and Lesbian Travelers (Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA, 2nd ed)
by ANDREW COLLINS
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Asin: 0679033742
Catlog: Book (1998-03-31)
Publisher: Fodor's
Sales Rank: 313907
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

"Savvy and stylish." -- Travel & Leisure

"Quite simply, if it's out there, it's in here." -- Harry Taylor, publisher, Out magazine

Completely Revised Second Edition with Dozens of Maps & New Destinations

The first edition of Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA garnered raves for its witty, candid coverage. Now award-winning travel writer Andrew Collins has completely revised and updated the guide, adding many more lesbian- and gay-friendly destinations. Collins highlights mainstream attractions and places where lesbians and gay men will feel most at home: romantic restaurants, hip guest houses, and gay neighborhoods, cafés, and clubs. 67 easy-to-read maps will keep you headed in the right direction.

The Gay Guide That Has It All

Albuquerque
Aspen
Atlanta
Austin
Baltimore
Boston
Charleston
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
Eureka Springs
Fire Island
Fort Lauderdale
Houston
Kansas City
Key West
Laguna Beach
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Madison
Memphis
Miami Beach
Milwaukee
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Nashville
New Hope
New Orleans
New
York City
Ogunquit
Orlando
Palm Springs
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Pittsburgh
Portland
Provincetown
Rehoboth Beach
Sacramento
St. Louis
Salt Lake
San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Fe
Saugatuck
Savannah
Seattle
Sedona
Tampa
Taos
Tucson
Washington, DC

A syndicated columnist for more than a dozen lesbian and gay newspapers and a man in perpetual motion, Andrew Collins knows gay travel like no one else in the world. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good research
I'm glad I have this book to refer to. No matter where we consider traveling, I have this handy book to know what's "out" there for us.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great general guide to places you might miss...
I bought this book back in 2001 for a trip to New York. Not knowing anything about "the city", I needed some help. Along with this one, I purchased a few other guides focusing on gay oriented places in the U.S. and New York, but this one was far better. With it's insightful mini reviews of places shown in the guide, I got ALOT from this book. From places to stay, to places to see, it'll give you a great base to start with when trying to find nightlife, or otherwise, in ANY new city. I'm taking it back with me again to New York and to Seattle this time. But, be weary, as with any guide, places change, and what you read might not be as bad as it says it is, or it could be worse! Thanks for reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars The listings are right but misnamed .
Just looking over my hometowns review I found them correct in substance but wrong in form. Cleveland has a neighborhood called "WEST PARK" that the book names WEST EDGE>. While not devastating to the overall value of the text it would leave a visitor here asking for a place that residents wouldn't recognize. I'm not sure if the other cities reviewed suffer from similar mistakes. Going to Orlando 8/24 and San Francisco 9/3 so I'll note any discrepancies.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm gay and I'm proud of it!
This book enabled me to have incredible experiences with the most beautiful guys from the USA! If you want to enjoy your life with other gay people such as me, this is the place you should go and this is the book you should buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Author of the new gay almanac Rainbow Handbook Hawai`i
I think Andrew Collins did a good job of summarizing the scene in each city listed. It's obviously the most thorough first-hand accounts of the nation's gay cities on the market. ... Read more


7. Naked Magazine's World Wide Guide to Naked Places: Fifth Edition
by The Nazca Plains Corporation
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Asin: 1887895116
Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
Publisher: L T Pubns
Sales Rank: 333750
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Naked Magazine is proud to bring you the latest edition of the most complete guide to naked gay travel in the world. The one thing that makes this guide so special is that it's specifically geared to the gay naked traveler. 145 Naked Gay B&Bs, 127 Naked Gay Social Clubs and hundreds of Naked Gay beaches around the world....all listed in digest form for easy use. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Worldwide Guide to Naked Places, 5th edition
I purchased this book in the spring of 2002 and continue to refer to it whenever I travel. Thanks to its detailed information, I was easily able to find a spectacular nude beach in Nova Scotia during my summer vacation last year. The book's format is alphabetical by location, and lists clothing-optional accomodations, clubs, beaches, etc. worldwide. There are also lots of [nice] colour photos throughout, many of which are taken from Naked Magazine's files. As a gay male traveler and naturist, I highly recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Much prefered 'Naked Places'
Not enough info and when called for help at Nazca plains, got a very rude operator.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional quality and timely information
When i first picked up this guide, i was a bit skeptical at paying the $19.95 cover price... but let me say, i am sure glad i did!!!

The information was abundant, the pictures extremely nice and the size... well, just perfect. I've read other editions of this guide and this 5th edition is by far the best~ awesome color and easy to navigate. The listings cover worldwide places to stay, which comes in handy for myself being a consimate business traveler. I found the narrative in the beach reviews and opening statements to be both amusing and witty.

All in all, this was well-worth the price. I highly recommend this book to those looking for the COMPLETE guide to gay naked travel.... it's really a winner. ... Read more


8. Baltimore Portraits
by Amos Badertscher
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Asin: 0822323680
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Duke University Press
Sales Rank: 849330
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars No freaks....Just Balti-MORONS at their best!
Just a quick note....This wonderful visual tool captures many of Baltimore's notorious charachters (including commentary) in a way NO other Baltimore home grown artist could ever come close to. He see's beauty in the obscure and respects those models who respect him. Many photographers take advantage of those who choose to follow the beat of their own drum but not Amos. In my opinion no one in this book is classified as "forgotten." Some models are dead and gone but other models, such as performance artist JeffRey Clagett, persevere and are very grateful to this excellant photographer for including them in his TRIBUTE to the differences that make the locals here "heros" ,in a twisted way, instead of clowns and freaks. To try to lable any of his diverse models is simply missing the whole point. This book is a masterpiece! Buy the book and judge for yourself. You won't be disappointed. For me it is a trip down memory lane and I have yet to see another local photographer pull off such a TRIBUTE!

5-0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing
Amos Bandertscher's new book, Baltimore Portraits, is a visual documentary of a city's forgotten faces.The photographer uses images as a visual diary of his impressions of the streets, bars, and back alleys of 'CharmCity', where the beautiful, the marginalized, outsiders, freaks and clownsconverge into a colorful and yet often melancholy documentation of liveslived on the edge and lives lost.The book is an impressive body of workwhich ranks among the likes of Nan Goldin and Diane Arbus. ... Read more


9. Spartacus International Sauna Guide
by Bruno Gmunder
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Asin: 3861876612
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh
Sales Rank: 211025
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10. Damron Womens Traveller 2005 (Damron Women's Traveller)
by Gina Gatta, Damron Gatta
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Asin: 0929435516
Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
Publisher: Damron Company
Sales Rank: 46017
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11. Damron City Guide: Gay City Maps for United States, Canada, Europe, Southern Africa, Australia (Damron City Guide)
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Asin: 092943546X
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Damron Company
Sales Rank: 112955
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12. Cleopatra's Wedding Present: Travels through Syria (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies)
by Robert Tewdwr Moss
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Asin: 0299192903
Catlog: Book (2003-09)
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Sales Rank: 430255
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Cleopatra's Wedding Present is the rare book that captivates its reader from the first page. Like the best travel books, Robert Tewdwr Moss's memoir of his travels through Syria resonates on many levels: as a profoundly telling vivisection of Middle Eastern society, a chilling history of ethnic crimes, a picaresque adventure story, a purely entertaining travelogue, and a poignant romance.

Tewdwr Moss, a brilliant young writer who was murdered in London the day after he finished this book, left this lyrical gem as his legacy. He adeptly captures an essence of the Middle East that is foreign to most of us, but which becomes real with his astute observations of the region's culture and explosive politics. He conveys what so many westerners find both fascinating and frightening in the Middle East, making no attempt to mask circumstances that are appalling and dangerous while also exotic, beautiful, and sometimes very funny.

Mesopotamia, now present-day Syria, was part of Mark Anthony's love gift to Cleopatra. Then and now, it is a land of mystery and love.

"This is not a dutiful . . . examination of a country, but it is a well-informed guide to a larger interior landscape."- James Owen, Literary Review ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A languorous, yet exciting trip to a complicated land
This absolutely remarkable story brings to life the sights, sounds and smells - in all their beauty and ugliness - of Syria. The book recounts the journey of one gay man has he spends several months traveling around this complex and exotic country, which was actually part of Mark Anthony's love gift to Cleopatra. Robert Tewdwr Moss was tragically murdered in London just after this manuscript was completed, so he never got to realize the fruits of his labors. This is such a pity because Moss was an extremely talented writer, who had a wonderful capacity to totally reinvent travel writing. This memoir works in many ways - as a profound treatise on the Middle Eastern Society; a chilling history of ethnic crimes - particularly the Armenian genocide - a picaresque adventure story, a compelling travelogue, and a touching and affecting tale of sexual self-discovery.

Moss certainly captures the essence of the Middle East - from its indescribable poverty, and its government corruption to its chaos and the unconditional hospitality and uncomplicated generosity that is offered by many of the local people. The story begins with a description of the "hot winds," "the blinding heat," the "fine brown dust" from the dust storms, the "chaos of the streets and the air "clotted with diesel fumes hanging like a cloak around us." As the story progresses and Robert leaves the city of Aleppo to travel to Damascus, he infuses the narrative with descriptions of this suffocating yet exotic world: the dirty collapsing towns that have had a "great past and no present" full of "the old merchants you see here - sly, and leathery, survivors."

Moss had a gift for describing the intricate details of everyday life, from the clothes to the exotic foods, to the markets and bazaars, and of course, the Arab frankness towards sexual transactions, which "are regarded in a purely practical light." The text recounts Moss's trips to various ancient sites, and there are some gorgeous descriptions of the ancient towns of Palmyra, Bosra, and Lattakia (Have a map of Syria handy so that you can trace his journey). There's also an excellent introduction by Lecretia Stewart that fills in the blanks about Robert's life and work and talks, quite frankly about his horrific murder and about his somewhat closeted sexuality. Cleopatra's Wedding Present is profound and beautiful, and is without a doubt, one of the best travelogues of the Middle East that I have ever read. Robert Tewdwr Moss was a real talent, and as this story shows, his loss was just terrible.

Michael ... Read more


13. Queens in the Kingdom : The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks (Kings in the Kingdom)
by Jeffrey Epstein, Eddie Shapiro
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Asin: 155583745X
Catlog: Book (2003-04-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
Sales Rank: 190707
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Think of them as the tour-guide version of Patsy and Edina from Absolutely Fabulous -- if those two ever were sober enough to write a book. Knowing that the agenda of the average gay or lesbian traveler is a bit different from that of Mom and Pop Smith from Des Moines, Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro proffer a guide book to the Disney resorts that specifically caters to gay and lesbian readers. While sniping at each other only occasionally, they offer candid, informative and always-humorous opinions on everything from hotels and attractions to restaurants and shows. The writers also provide information about nearby theme parks and local gay life surrounding the Disney landscape. Additionally, the book boasts: "fairy facts," unique tidbits of trivia about every attraction in the parks; vital tips on how to make the most of your stay, such as which restaurants offer the best bang for your buck and how to avoid all the long lines; help on finding the parks' "gay goodies" like Ellen's Energy Adventure (starring none other than Ellen DeGeneres); and where to grab a kiss without feeling stared at. With additional commentary provided by gays and lesbians surveyed from across the country, there's something for everyone: singles, couples, parents with kids, singles looking to be coupled and couples looking to be single. Even people long-familiar with Disneyland and Walt Disney World will want to pick up this funny, irreverent and insightful look at how they, too, can experience family at America's family Mecca.

Jeffrey Epstein is a native of Newton, Massachusetts, who now lives in Los Angeles, California. The former West Coast Editor of Soap Opera Digest, he is now the Senior Editor of Out Magazine, and is one of the organizers of Gay Day at Disneyland.

Eddie Shapiro is the Event Manager for AIDS Walk New York. A former resident of Long Island, he now makes his home in New York City. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars With ratings, tips, recommendations, & price estimates
The collaborative effort of Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro, Queens In The Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay And Lesbian Guide To The Disney Theme Parks is a unique travel and vacation companion. It covers general information about vacations in the Disneyland Resort in California, and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with an especial focus on issues particularly relevant to gay and lesbian visitors, including the top ten places to share a special moment with one's same-sex significant other. Queens In The Kingdom is an informed and informative travel planning guide filed from cover to cover with ratings, tips, recommendations, price estimates and much, much more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Can't stand alone
Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro have a very entertaining writing style giving snappy remarks and one liners every now and again. It spices up a book that any reader of previous guides will need to keep them interested. Although all the rides, hotels and areas of the parks are covered there's just not that much specifically 'gay' to write about. For gays who are going to one of the parks for the first time, this book might be helpful in choosing a hotel to stay at, but only in conjuction with another guide as the reviews are very brief.

My favorite part of the book is the Compare & Contract appendix which describes the similarties and/or differencees between rides that are at more than one park. But like most features in this book, I wish it went in to more depth.

Also fun are the 'Fairy Facts' that are sprinkled thoughout the book. Did you know that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland was originally supposed to be where Pirates of the Caribbean is located now? Long time Disney enthusiats and triva buffs will get off on 'Fairy Facts'.

It's obvious that Epstein & Shapiro throughly enjoy the Disney parks, yet they're not timid in saying what they think of an attraction. Example: they quite accurately re-name Superstar Limo (from California Adventure) Supersucky Lame-o.

All in all the book has something to offer most Disney visitors (gay or not), but not enough to cater to any specific segment. Newbies will be frustrated at the lack of depth, but appreciate the authors honest opinions. Long time guests will have to make due with triva and a snappy sense of humor. The book is best enjoyed in conjunction with another more comprehensive guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gay primer to the Disney parks
Aside from being a fun read, this book is right on target because gay men and lesbians look for different things in recreation places than heteros often do. Most importantly, we want gay-friendly places where we know we can be ourselves and have a good time. This book is full of fun, frank descriptions of the attractions (yes to Disneyland's Fantasmic!; no to California Adventure's Golden Zephyr), and the Fairy Facts are great-alone they could make a book. The authors provide an hilarious revisionist read on the Disney characters like the fairies, but Alice in Wonderland makes a great fag hag circuit queen if you look carefully. The book also highlights the ways in which the Disney parks are gay-friendly, tricks and tips for getting good seats for attractions and minimizing your wait in lines, reviews of the eating establishments (a culinary lifesaver!), and the top spots to share a gay moment (like the Hall of Presidents in Walt Disney World), all to help you get the most out of each of the theme parks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Useful Guide to Disneyworld and Disneyland
Not only have I bought this book for my own use but for gifts for all the people I know who are going with and without children to Disney. The book gives insight into the various attractions, helping one to know what is age appropriate and what you should definitely see (especially for first time goers). The hotel and restaurant critiques are great! What I loved the most was that while reading a well written Guide, you smiled and laughed all along the way.
The book is great for all ages !

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for Queens
I read about this book in Out Magazine and bought it for a recent trip to Orlando. It was just great. It's also really funny. And I dont think you would have to be gay or lesbian to really appreciate and use the book to get the most out of your Disney vacation. Highly recommended. ... Read more


14. Damron Accommodations Guide (Damron Accommodations)
by Gina Gatta, Damron Gatta
list price: $23.95
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Asin: 0929435524
Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
Publisher: Damron Company
Sales Rank: 823722
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The 5th edition of Damron Accommodations, besides catching the eye with its classic design and gorgeous full-color photographs, features more listings than ever before. There are over 100 pages of international destinations alone! And, as always, several helpful indexes allow readers to quickly find accommodations that cater to men or women only, have wheelchair access, are kid-friendly and pet-friendly, and that offer camping facilities. Each listing is packed with details and, when available, lists Web and email addresses. ... Read more


15. Damron 2004 Women's Traveller (Damron Women's Traveller, 2004)
by Gina Gatta
list price: $16.95
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Asin: 0929435494
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Damron Company
Sales Rank: 267017
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16. In the Land of Alexander: Gay Travels, With History and Politics, in Hungary, Yugoslavia, Turkey, and Greece
by Keith Hale
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Asin: 1555831680
Catlog: Book (1990-08-01)
Publisher: Alyson Pubns
Sales Rank: 849471
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars unique
I've never seen a travel book quite like this one. I enjoyed the adventures and the writer's voice. ... Read more


17. Queer Japan: Personal Stories of Japanese Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals
by Barbara Summerhawk, Chiron McMahill, Darren McDonald
list price: $16.95
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Asin: 1892281007
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Sales Rank: 593328
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Voice for those who have been discouraged from speaking
I came across this book three years ago, when I first arrived in Japan. I was reading it just as I was coming to terms with my own homosexuality. It contributed to the opening of my mind, and helped me find courage to come out and start living my life to the fullest.
Queer Japan was, at first, my only way of knowing about Japanese attitudes toward alternative lifestyles, and about Japanese gays and lesbians themselves. Since the subject is never discussed (in either a good or bad light) at work or in the media here, the book helped me realize that there were indeed a lot of Japanese people out there in situations similar to mine.
The book provides an extremely accurate portrait of how homosexuality is viewed in Japan, but that's not really the point. The point is that it allows so many individual gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual Japanese people to tell their stories -- something they are all too often forbidden to talk about.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very interesting and accurate glimpse of Japan
I have lived in Japan for more than twenty years and I was very pleased to read this book. Though I am not gay I have many Japanese and non Japanese friends who are, and I have listened over the years to their stories. This book is a perfect example of what the gay experience is like here in Japan. It's very honest and moving. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Japanese sub culture.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expanding the Understanding of Japan
People will stumble upon this book, I think, from their interest in other areas, gay and lesbian studies, or Japanese culture for example. The area of gay and lesbian studies in Japan is still so new and relatively small compared to the United States, for example, that as a discourse it does not quite have the independence and stature to attract wide notice or sympathy.

That said, this is an excellent introductory book, one-of-a-kind, in fact, of Queer Japan. In every story, translated by a trio of non-Japanese academics who have spent several years apiece in Japan and are active in gay-lesbian-bisexual-transexual groups, the author is awash with gratitude, to be allowed finally to speak in one's own voice, of the struggles, pain, and yes, the joys experienced. In such an oppressive culture, where candid, direct speech is not encouraged, or even actively discouraged as being childish and selfish, these essays are all the more remarkable.

My only complaint, which prevented me from giving 5 stars to the book, is technical: there are numerous grammatical errors, as well as careless word use. Sorry, I was an English major in college. I was trained to spot misuse of transitive/intransitive verbs, for example. It makes me sad that such errors suggest to me a lack of attention on the part of the publisher; in other words, this makes me feel that those involved in editing the book did not take as much pride in their own book as their subjects, which conflicts with the heartfelt call for those in the book, and others like them who struggle in Japan, to take pride in themselves, their essential beings.

In short, an excellent, though technically flawed book, for those looking to expand their understanding of modern Japan.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, but still a worthwhile book
This is the first book I have ever come across that dealt with the lives of lesbians, bi-sexuals and gays in Japan.

For that reason alone, the book is well worth reading.

It relates the personal stories of Japanese lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, and even one transexual person, who interestingly is a lesbian male to female.

I was hoping, however, that the book would be more detailed. I found most of the narratives quite generalized. I also would have preferred more of a "coming of age" slant to the naratives.

The book focuses more on coming out and social and political issues relating to Japanese homosexuals.

I found it quite interesting that it not a religious bias that causes discrimination against homosexuals in Japan, but rather a social and cultural prejudice. Japan is very geared towards the traditional idea of spouse and children.

Homosexuals are looked upon as being objects of ridicule and considered abnormal or psychologically sick.

Japanese homosexuals end up living quite closeted lives for the most part. Many are pressured into marriages.

There is hope, however, and several good organizations for lesbians, bi-sexuals and gays have sprung up. Hatred and ridicule against homosexuals is no longer tolerated unquestioningly in the media, these organizations are fighting it, and frequently they have been successful. ... Read more


18. Time Out Gay and Lesbian London (Time Out)
by Paul Burston
list price: $16.00
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Asin: 0903446081
Catlog: Book (2005-02-09)
Publisher: Time Out
Sales Rank: 93531
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The past ten years have seen the gay scene in London grow at an unprecedented rate. London has seen the explosion of pubs and clubs in gay Soho, the sudden development of the Vauxhall gay village, and the arrival of gay stores like Prowler, gay saunas like Chariots, and gay restaurants like Balans, as well as the proliferation of gay-friendly venues. This irreverent yet informative guide highlights a range of places of interest for gay and lesbian visitors -- the menswear department at Harvey Nicks, the YMCA gym, the Soho Theatre, the women's bookshop Silver Moon at Foyles, and more. Chapters include Pubs and Clubs, Shopping, Arts and Entertainment, Eating Out, and Sport and Leisure. Each chapter provides extensive listings, plus small "featurettes," reviews of long-standing clubs and profiles of key personalities. "Pink plaques" provide historical perspective with short editorials about famous lesbians and gay men who have contributed to the city's gay scene. A separate chapter is devoted to lesbian London, with cross-references to other chapters. ... Read more


19. Resident Alien: The New York Diaries
by Quentin Crisp, Donald Carroll
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Asin: 1555834051
Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
Publisher: Alyson Pubns
Sales Rank: 1340896
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure
If you have read the book with Mr. Crisps droll, flat voice in your head....you can begin to imagine how much fun the audio version of this book is. His dry wit is very much in evidence here as he shares his unique perspective on life in the "smile and nod racket".

I think this recording belongs in the Smithsonian Archives.

5-0 out of 5 stars There is a God, his name is Crisp, Quentin Crisp.
Crisp has done it again! Just when you think you're a maven on things-BOOM- he publishes his diaries! What a scandal, although I am sure some blue nosed puritan proofreader somewhere omitted some of the more "Corrupting evidence", Mr. Crisps personality and always charming style and wit still manage to rise above the parchment at every turn. This is an ideal "Holiday" gift for a freind to take along when on a long flight or travel to make the time seem to "Fly by", as it did for me when I enjoyed it the first time...My Word!,...I think I shall go and read it again now. Mr. Crisp is timeless and indefatigable... and like "Miss Jean Brodie", still in his "Prime"time! Kudo's once again and, Bravo, Mr. Crisp, You are "La Divine'" indeed! ... Read more


20. Betty & Pansy's Severe Queer Review of San Francisco: An Irreverent, Opinionated Guide to the Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Cruising Areas, Bookstores and Other Attractions of San Francisco
by Betty, Pansy, Betty Pearl
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Asin: 1573440566
Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Cleis Pr
Sales Rank: 699671
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Severe Queer Review guides lesbian and gay travelers and residents alike to hundreds of absolutely fabulous sites offered in no other single volume. This fully updated edition reviews all the newest bars, cafes, clubs, and restaurants, as well as providing helpful lists and maps. An expanded lesbian section includes San Francisco and East Bay resources. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My 4th copy!
I travel to San Francisco every year and I "never leave home without Betty & Pansy"! They get down to the nitty gritty and give you a feel of what each venue is like and the customers who frequent it. The"Review" is indispensible for any gay or lesbian going to thecity by the bay.

5-0 out of 5 stars No One Has Power Over The City Like The Betster!!
How could I not LOVE IT!!! I will proudly tell you that I am the "Naomi" named in the book and that every story about every place mentioned is absolutely true!! I even know who the others are that arenicknamed in the various chapters...so watch it. Betty goes to greatlengths to bring you the real flavor and spin in the City. Her reviews arebrutally honest and they set a high mark for those wishing to make a goodimpression. This book is must for all those coming to the City. I have evenseen one queen reading her copy at the table in Zuni (the restaurant) andgrilling the poor waiter/actor/model about all those mentioned in thereview!! Grab a Copy Today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Author of the gay travel guide Rainbow Handbook Hawai'i
As a former resident of SF, I thought it captured the mood of the city and I liked the sassy writing style.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect outline for the perfect vacation in SF!!!!!!!
Betty and Pansy told it ALL!Everything was true! They saved me so much time in finding out the places I really wanted to be and sites I wanted to see.I only wish I had known of their review of New York before I went!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but dated.
This was an excellent and very comprehensive review of everything (and I mean everything) about the gay scene in San Francisco.Unfortunately, it was written in 1996 and is now quite out of date and needs revision.

The chapters on the bars and sex clubs are good as are the chapters on restaurants and places to stay but call ahead - many of the places mentioned have closed.

Still worth buying - just be a little cautious before getting yourself into a compromising position. ... Read more


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