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Sweet Tooth: A Memoir

Title

Sweet Tooth: A Memoir

Authors

Tim Anderson

Publisher

Lake Union Publishing

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781477818077

Pages

319 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

What's a sweets-loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he's diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? That God is punishing him, naturally. This was, after all, when gay-hating Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, "It gets better." And if stealing a copy of a gay porno magazine from the newsagent was a sin, then surely what the men inside were doing to one another was much worse. Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson's uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk at the age of fifteen. With Morrissey and The Smiths as the soundtrack, Anderson self-deprecatingly recalls love affairs with vests and donuts, first crushes, coming out, and inaugural trips to gay bars. What emerges is the story of a young man trying to build a future that won't involve crippling loneliness or losing a foot to his disease--and maybe even one that, no matter how unpredictable, can still be pretty sweet.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Health Conditions; Homosexuality; Illness; gay; gay teenager; same sex relationship; diabetes

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Rainbow List, 2015 Young Adult Non-Fiction

Keywords

North Carolina; in the closet; coming out; humor; music

Diversity Impact

direct

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