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Straight from Your Gay Best Friend: The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Work, and Having a Fabulous Life [Paperback]

Terrance Dean

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2010
In today's society, every woman needs a gay best friend-someone who gives it to her straight about life, clothes, sex, and relationships. For example, on the hit TV show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," the breakout star, NeNe, has introduced the world to her gay best friend, Dwight Eubanks. On "Sex In The City," Carrie Bradshaw often turned to her gay best friend, Stanford, and "Will and Grace" was all about the relationship between a woman andher gay best friend. The gay best friend-smart, sympathetic, and straight-talking-is the new must-have; no woman wants to be without one.

Enter Terrance Dean, who offers direct and to-the-point insights on some of life's most challenging issues-family, friends, career, love, sex, and intimate relationships of all kinds-mixed with a little sass, wit, humor, forwardness, and spirituality, as only a gay man can do. He speaks candidly to women about healing their souls of past hurts in order to tap into their fabulousness.

This book will help women discover the strength they need for a life of loving relationships and abundant success. And it's all done from a place of love, coming from their gay best friend.

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"Terrance Dean offers more than a voice in the wilderness. He is a light unto the world!" Iyanla Vanzant

About the Author

Terrance Dean is the author of Reclaim Your Power! (Villard, 2003) the Essence bestseller Hiding In Hip Hop (Atria, 2008) and a co-author of Visible Lives (Kensington, 2010). A 2005 John Seigenthaler Journalism Fellow from Vanderbilt University, he also contributed to the anthologies Souls of My Brothers and Always Too Soon. He has written for Essence, VIBE, The New York Sun, and The Advocate, among other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Look me 'straight' in the eye for the truth Dec 24 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on
Terrance Dean is a very fine writer who has decided to step out of his role as a creative artist for this venture into the role of a counselor. The result is a book that speaks primarily to women who are 'victimized' by male behavior of all types. Dean offers some very sound advice about relationships, approaches to the career/job, family issues, love, fashion - name a topic and Dean covers it. The gimmick here is that Dean, a very well established African American gay writer, gives the message to women that in order to completely understand MEN, every woman should seek out a gay male friend who has no secondary agenda in giving advice except as a benefit to the advisee.

Dean goes about this process of discussing women's problems with men etc with a great sense of humor, and yet underneath the hilarious repartee is a man wise enough to lead discussion of problems with great understanding, empathy and 'straight talk'. How many female friends will be honest in critiquing the clothes their friends choose? How many straight men will give the honest answers to questions raised by their behavior? In other words, Terrance Dean postulates that the only avenue of secure advice about things sensitive to women will come from a gay best friend. He gives several scenarios of predicaments that may arise or simply occasions all women face in their daily lives and then works through the various approaches and choices possible, pointing out just how to listen and how process and how to ultimately react to assure the best of all possible solutions.

This very readable book is part humor, part psychology, and part about the quality of friendship and trust. The man has some very valid points to make, thoughts that are bound to find a home with every reader of the book. Terrance Dean IS your best gay friend here! Grady Harp, December 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girl, You Are Doing Too Much Dec 8 2010
By Teresa Beasley - Published on
I have never laughed so hard while reading a book. I do believe that every woman needs a gay best friend. Straight From Your Gay Best Friend by Terrence Dean is a guidebook for teaching women all they need to know about relationships, careers, and being fabulous. This 19 chapter book has everything a woman needs to know about letting out the diva inside. It also lets women know how to properly guard their hearts and be selective of the company they choose to keep.

The author informs readers on the do's and the don'ts of dressing, having and keeping a man, career choices, and friendships. It also informs readers on what it means to take time for you. This fulfilling book is just what every woman, who has ever doubted herself needs to get back on track.

Straight From Your Gay Best Friend was an engaging book of information, resources, and pure fun facts. The author does a wonderful job explaining issues, problems, and solutions throughout the book. The author also provides cases that will help readers understand the message the book is providing. I enjoyed the worksheets and scenarios, which provided examples of what to look for when approaching relationships. After reading this book, I will definitely get me a gay best friend so that I can stay in the know how. I definitely recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Reason March 10 2011
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on
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Do you want the most out of life? Are you or do you know someone looking for a reality check? Terrence Dean delivers an insightful piece of work that would make you want to stop and examine what is going on in your life and force you to make a change. STRAIGHT FROM YOUR GAY BEST FRIEND: The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Work, and Having a Fabulous Life is a complete girlfriend guide for all women.

Dean discusses topics ranging from getting yourself together to recognizing most of the signs of a good/bad relationship. After this emotional read, you will indeed be on your way to finding solutions to the most common problems in life that are keeping you from fulfilling endless possibilities. The bottom line is, Terrance reminds you that you come first. He is straight forward, sympathetic, and encouraging in this literary work. After reading this, Dean becomes the voice of reason in your mind when you go through complex situations. Even though the advice he delivers we have heard before, he further helps you to discover the strength inside you never knew you had.

Reviewed by Sheila R. Hudson
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! Dec 1 2010
By Steve Taylor - Published on
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A must read, whether you are gay or straight, if you are having issues in a relationship or trouble loving and accepting yourself for the wonderful person God made you to be...this book is for you! Terrance's words and insight are already helping open my eyes to make my relationship with myself and my partner healthier, happier, and more at peace! THANK YOU!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good solid advice for women July 9 2014
By Patti Black - Published on
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Very good solid advice for women! If you didn't get the message the first time, then you need to read it again! As women, we need to love ourselves first before we can truly expect others to love us. Wishing I had a gay best friend that kept it real with me, maybe my life would be a lot different. Can't wait to read more from Terrance!!!!!

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