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The Resource One of these things first, Steven Gaines

One of these things first, Steven Gaines

Label
One of these things first
Title
One of these things first
Statement of responsibility
Steven Gaines
Title variation
One of these things first
Title variation remainder
a memoir
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A wry and poignant reminiscence of a 15-year-old gay Jewish boy in Brooklyn in the 1960s, and his unexpected trajectory from a life behind a rack of dresses in his grandmother bra and girdle store, to the halls of Payne Whitney, the Harvard of psychiatric clinics, populated by a captivating group of wealthy neurotics who subtly begin to change him in unexpected ways. The other patients include a famous Broadway producer who becomes his unlikely mentor, an elegant woman who claims to be the ex-mistress of newly elected president John F. Kennedy, a snooty Ivy League architect, and a seductive young Contessa. At the center of the story is a brilliant young psychiatrist who promises to cure a young boy of his homosexuality and give him the normalcy for which he so longs. With a gimlet eye and a gift for storytelling, Gaines captures his childhood shtetl like a Thornton Wilder play: a busy shopping street in the shadow of a elevated line; a chorus of harpy saleswomen; a dotty aunt; a lonely woman dying of multiple sclerosis; a loving but wildly philandering grandfather; a giant, empty movie theater at the corner, his portal to the outside world; and a pair of tormenting bullies who own the corner candy store and whose daily taunts drive him to the edge. Lyrical, passionate and illuminating, this is the crowning achievement of a skillful storyteller who has woven a tale that delights and disturbs.--From dust jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaines, Steven S
Dewey number
306.76/62089924
Illustrations
portraits
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ75.8.G353
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gaines, Steven S
  • Gay men
  • Jewish gays
  • Psychotherapy patients
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Autobiographies
  • New York (State)
  • Biography
Label
One of these things first, Steven Gaines
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn930256033
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
196 pages
Isbn
9781883285692
Lccn
2017275100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portrait
Label
One of these things first, Steven Gaines
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn930256033
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
196 pages
Isbn
9781883285692
Lccn
2017275100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portrait

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