Sex Death Enlightenment
Key selling points: Reprint of an international bestseller with a new foreword by the author. The title has been published in ten languages. First published by Riverhead in 1996. It has been out of trade distribution for about seven years. Like Eat Pray Love this is a powerful spiritual memoir that begins with the emptiness of a fast-track life in New York City publishing, only this time the protagonist is a gay man working for Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine. The writing is spectacular earning rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly (starred review), People Magazine ("..prose that sings..."), Kirkus Reviews ("utterly down to earth and inspiring"), and Armistead Maupin who called the book "the most gripping and elegantly written memoir I've read in ages." Like many great memoirs this one starts in family disfunction and tragedy including a father's abandonment, a mother's depression, incest, the early death of a sister, the disfigurement of another, a suicide. It covers the AIDS epidemic and deals intimately with illness loss, and death. Yet, it rises above all of this and shows how spiritual and physical sickness can lead to wholeness and a sense of the sacred. The author is well connected in literary and LGBT circles having written essays for Harper's Bazaar, Details, Tricycle, The Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, and The Chicago Tribune; and later in The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Out, Modern Maturity, Good Housekeeping, and The Saturday Evening Post.