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Diary of a Drag Queen

9780374721084 fc
Paperback, FSG Originals, 2020
Releases 04/14/20
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Crystal Rasmussen

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Tom Rasmussen

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A cocktail-spitting, norm-pinching dive into everyday queer life in the twenty-first century--a hilarious, moving memoir

Life's a drag . . . Why not be a queen?

When you peel off the sequins and lashes, wipe away the lipstick and mascara, open your heart and your eyes--what does the life of a drag queen really look like? Crystal (and Tom) Rasmussen tell all in this outrageous, raunchy, moving, naked (in more ways than one) memoir about life on and off the stage.

Born into a loving working-class family in northern England, Tom and Crystal find their way to London, to a coveted, soul-crushing job in New York fashion, and back again. Searching for good sex, good stories, and "the one," they shag men of all kinds from all sorts of platforms, sell cider to tourists, and perform with their college drag band, DENIM. They learn about true love from their mum and fall in love with their best friend. Charting day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists, and unfiltered sexy bits, heinous overspending, body shame and self-love, and endless nights sprinting from snag to snafu in a full face of makeup.

In these pages the previously unspeakable becomes the everyday and the celebrated, and Crystal and Tom make sure we feel every single thing along the way. A full-hearted, full-throated, full-disclosure portrayal of the queer experience that makes you laugh and cry and wish for understanding, Diary of a Drag Queen is a dazzling, true performance of a real, flawed, extraordinary life.

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