The Day I Stopped Being Pretty

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 16, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
The Day I Stopped Being Pretty, chronicles the life of a young, black gay male who awakes and finds himself in the emergency room after a failed suicide attempt. After regaining consciousness, he begins to reflect on the events of his life that led him to attempting to take his life. His story is told in gritty and raw flashback, focusing on the men who shaped him into the man he has become, beginning with the first man he ever loved, his father.

His story addresses, the discovery of his burgeoning sexuality, his life filled with low-self esteem, which leads him to seek love in the arms of many to compensate for the love he never received from his father. During the course of his life, we see his battle with substance abuse, physical abuse and sexual activities that lead to his eventual HIV diagnosis.

After he shares the path that led him to his own self-destruction, he realizes in the face of death, the love that he has sought in many others, has always been in the one place he never looked, within himself.

This raw and gritty story spans twenty-seven years of the lead character, as he faces racism, homophobia, rape and coping with being HIV positive. It is a story that shows the face of growing up black, living gay and loving positive. The Day I Stopped Being Pretty is one that shows triumph over adversity and the ability to find the love we all search for, self love.
 

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THE DAY I STOPPED BEING PRETTY: A Memoir

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A gritty look at what it's like to be young, black, gay, alienated and diseased.Light-skinned with cascading curls, African-American Lofton had been described as "pretty" for as long as he could ... Read full review

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Have you ever read a book and once you put it down you felt like you just got home? That was my experience. The story was so engaging I had a hard time putting it down! To be honest, I was p*ssed when ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
11
Section 4
15
Section 5
19
Section 6
29
Section 7
35
Section 8
59
Section 13
123
Section 14
131
Section 15
141
Section 16
145
Section 17
149
Section 18
173
Section 19
183
Section 20
187

Section 9
69
Section 10
93
Section 11
101
Section 12
117
Section 21
203
Section 22
205
Section 23
207
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