Every year we look forward to the slew of summer-read books that come across our desk. Which is far more sophisticated than other things that come across our desk. (And occasionally across our chest.)
And we think we’ve discovered one of our favorites of the season. Titled A Short Jew in the Body of a Tall W.A.S.P. (A Gay Melodrama in 13 Acts), it’s a quick, hilarious read ideal for the beach, by the pool or waiting for your Saturday night wig to be fluffed.
Written by Mark Okun and Hillary Brower, the photo-filled book focuses on Okun’s NYC adventures from the groovy 1960s to the disco heydays of the 1970s where he transformed from simple hairdresser to a self-proclaimed “Beautiful Disco Fag” (also the name of one the chapters).
The title refers to the fact that he’s a tall, blond gay with bright blue eyes and his adopted parents are, well, small and Jewish.
It’s the stuff great sitcoms are made of. But more importantly, fabulous memoirs.