In Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood, one of the leading historians on LGBTQ history, John D'Emilio, delves into his complicated childhood as he struggles to develop his own identity against the cultural rigidity of the world around him. At times, the book reads like a work of fiction as D'Emilio uses his abilities as a story teller to draw you into his youth, creating compassion for him as he tackles the problems of family, school, girls, and his own sexuality. This is not, however, a work solely about his sexual exploration, but rather an intertwining narrative that is as much a story about growing up Catholic in an Italian family as it is about growing up gay. Indeed, D'Emilio makes little to no reference to his sexual orientation until almost halfway through the book as he draws readers into the tales of his formative years. Time with friends,...

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