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Gift That Enlightens for Years to Come

My friend Alan has maintained the same morning routine since I first met him at the local cafe. A bookseller who has Mondays and Tuesdays off, he spends cozy mornings reading New York Times and the current book over tea and bagel. No sooner had I become a regular did I notice one particular book that he always, and repeatedly, reads in rotation before getting to his current reading. It’s a book called A Few Tricks Along the Way (Daily Reflections for Gay Men, Queer Boys, Magnificent Queens & the People Who Love Them) by Gary J. Stern. To call it Chicken Soup for gay men is a bald understatement that risks of oversimplification—but you get the idea what the book has to offer. It touches on delicate subjects like forgiveness, coming out stages, masculinity, and sex. I’ve been eying at this book as Alan scrupulously peers over the daily entry that run for one full year like a devoted disciple of an organized religion. I’m surprised and disheartened that the book is not more widely read among members of the gay community. When Alan comes to coffee with a gift copy for me (during the trying time), I can never be more grateful for his generosity and friendship.

9 Responses

  1. Given that only a percentage of readers are interested in the genre, it doesn’t really surprise me that it’s not more widely read. There are also those like a few of my friends who are too busy to read for leisure. Plus there are probably a lot out there who aren’t aware of the book, like myself. It’s my cup o’joe and I’ll keep my eye out for it, thanks.

  2. Maybe others don’t know about it???? Sounds like a great book and I understand why he continues to read it…daily affirmations are often needed for anyone!

  3. You can be the voice for this little treasure! Tell everyone! I think that is so sweet that he bought the book for you, during a time when you needed it the most.

  4. Can you tell me more about it? Is it personal essays? I’d like to see if it would be something my brother would like but am not sure based on what you mention.

  5. What a great gift from Alan. Thanks for telling us about this book. I just ordered a used copy on Alibris and was able to get $1.00 off by using coupon code CAT (good through end of May so hurry).

  6. Thanks for the introduction to this. It sounds very interesting. I’ll keep an eye out. And what a touching and thoughtful gift it must have been.

  7. What a wonderful treasure he gave you and it sounds like it came at the right time. I always think that the right book finds us at the right time.

  8. This sounds like a great book; I agree with Kathleen that the right book always reaches us at the right time.

    Anyway, I’ve given you an award: It can be found here. 🙂

  9. I am thinking about you. I hope that you are spiritually
    and emotionally better.

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