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John Reid's The Best Little Boy in the World was hailed as a classic memoir of growing up gay in a straight world. But "John Reid" didn't write it. Years would pass before the writer could reveal his true identity as Andrew Tobias, America's bestselling financial guru, author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need. Now, twenty-five years later, Tobias, proud to use his real name, brings his remarkable life story up to date. Writing with his customary charm and frank humor, Tobias tells of love affairs and heartbreak, hot New York parties and tough political battles, the excitement of genuine social change and the tragedy of seeing dear friends die young. Here too are the unforgettable scenes of Tobias revealing his sexual orientation not only to his parents but to the president of the United States. The author is an irresistible companion as he shares with us his proud stories, embarrassing confessions, and hilarious musings on "the homosexual lifestyle." Witty, heartfelt, and wonderfully affirming in every sense, this is Andrew Tobias's finest book to date.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780345423795
ISBN-10: 0345423798
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Tobias, premier financial author (The Only Other Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, 1987; My Vast Fortune, 1997, etc.), now turns to autobiography and reveals to the few who don't already know that he is homosexual. A quarter-century ago, using a nom de plume, Tobias wrote a gay classic, The Best Little Boy in the World, which has never since gone out of print. Now, using his true name, he brings us up to date on his own parallel progress in straight and gay worlds, and on the advances America has made in confronting those, like himself, whose "sex drive had been multiplied by minus one." His concerns are unsurprising in an-emerging-from-the-closet memoir: how to tell the folks (there was no problem with the Tobiases, once Andy got around to doing it); dealing with losses to AIDS; loneliness; dating and the search for Mr. Right (his type is Tom Cruise); all the many blighted romances and the rigors of true love. Along the way come serial relationships with Peter, Scot, Ed, Tony, Bruce, Matt, Stevie, Tab, and now Charles, with whom Tobias has exchanged rings. And tells of the Renaissance Weekends - where our Merry Andrew became a true Friend of Bill, the Friendly President - and festive weekends at Fire Island, etc., etc. Withal, nothing much here is shocking. Tobias admits to being a good hugger but happily won't confide further. Yet the text may enrage Trent Lott and Pat Robertson anyhow. It will probably engage some in the gay and lesbian community. The languorous passages may simply bore many straights who wander in hoping for investment advice. Tobias pleads for understanding, maybe a contribution to a good gay-rights cause, and, of course, auto insurance reform (his other constant worry). (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Andrew Tobias

Andrew Tobias was born in New York and attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School.He is the author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, which has sold over one million copies, as well as eight other books, the most recent of which is My Vast Fortune.His work has appeared in Time, Worth, and Parade, and his name is well known to the computer buffs who for a decade used Andrew Tobias's Managing Your Money to take control of their finances.He has received both the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and the Consumer Federation of America Media Service Award.He lives in Miami, New York, and cyberspace--atobias@aol.com. From the Hardcover edition."

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