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Taboo
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An impressionistic memoir offers images of a life in progress, including scenes from Boyer Rickel’s rural Tempe, Arizona, childhood in the 1950s; his relationship with a physically shrinking father; his eccentric teenage friendships; his growing awareness of his sexuality among young, Hispanic gays; and a trip through Italy with his lover. A personal book, but also wholly universal, Taboo investigates the way one breaks through taboos and becomes a self-realized adult.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. ONE
  2. p. 1
  1. Manhood
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. TWO
  2. p. 27
  1. Man Shrinking
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. Angel
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. Soldiers
  2. pp. 39-43
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  1. Permission
  2. pp. 44-46
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  1. Mr. Todd
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. Called by Name
  2. pp. 53-59
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  1. THREE
  2. p. 61
  1. Taboo
  2. pp. 63-65
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  1. To Dusk
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Care
  2. pp. 68-81
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  1. The Touch
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. Manners
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Ground
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Chaos
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. FOUR
  2. p. 83
  1. Brown Boys
  2. pp. 85-114
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  1. Reading the Body
  2. pp. 115-133
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 135
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