How I Learned to Snap

A Small-Town Coming-Out and Coming-Of-Age Story

By Kirk Read
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142002995, 240pp.)

Publication Date: May 2003

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With bold Southern humor, journalist and performer Kirk Read takes readers on a guided tour of his precocious and courageous adolescence. Recalling his years as an openly gay high school student, Read describes how he navigated the hallways with his sense of humor and dignity intact. He fondly recalls his initiations into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, as well as his "shy as neon" acts of rabble rousing during high school. How I Learned to Snap is a refreshingly victim-free story in which queer teenagers are creative, resilient, and ultimately heroic.

About the Author
Kirk Read is a nationally syndicated journalist and performer whose work has appeared in more than one hundred publications, including "Out," "Genre," and "Christopher Street,"
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