Darlings, the holidays are upon us, whether we’re ready for them or not and we couldn’t possibly let the coming end of the year pass without talking about our beautiful unicorn baby, the one thing in this sinkhole of a year that made us unequivocally proud and teary-eyed with gratitude that we ever got a chance to write it, our book Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag and the Last Century of Queer Life.
Excuse us, not “our book,” but “our critically acclaimed book.” Brag a little? Why, we think we just might.
NPR put it on their annual Book Concierge list as one of the Best Books of 2020, noting that our baby “cleverly weaves aspects of RuPaul’s Drag Race – lip syncing, the Snatch Game, serving lewks – with the queer cultural history behind the show.”
The New York Times listed it as “New and Noteworthy,” Cosmopolitan said it was one of the best new books of 2020, the Washington Post said “‘Legendary Children’ arrives at just the right time … because the world needs authenticity in its stories. Fitzgerald and Marquez deliver that, giving readers an insight into the important but overlooked people who made our current moment possible.”
The Associated Press said Legendary Children was “a delightful and important look at the way past queens and other queer folk have shaped not only drag but also queer life as we know it.”
The Los Angeles Times said “it presents powerful (and fun!) new angles on pivotal moments, seamlessly woven into elements of the show,” calling it an “epic master class” and noting that, “For a book about reality television, “Legendary Children” is unusually ambitious — an obsessively detailed portrait of modern LGBTQ life and how it came to be.”
Kirkus said it was “Informative, entertaining, melodramatic in its obsessiveness, and written with equal amounts of insight and wit” and Pajiba dubbed it “a window into a far greater and more enriching world,” noting (quite correctly!) that we “want to introduce you to the great wide world of LGBTQ+ culture that RuPaul’s Drag Race is but a small part of.”
We should stop here and jump off that last point to explain that you don’t have to be a fan of Drag Race to understand and enjoy this book because despite the title, it’s not really about the show. It’s about where the show came from and who inspired it, offering up stories about queer luminaries, forebears and trailblazers such as Gladys Bentley, Storme DeLarverie, Crystal LaBeija, Hibiscus of the Cockettes, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, touching on important events that changed the lives of queer people, including the Stonewall Riots, the many smaller protests that led up to them, the AIDS Crisis, and the seminal films, plays performers, and artists that defined queer culture and pushed it into the mainstream. It’s Queer Culture & History 101, tying together an entire century’s worth of culture, history and people in order to explain why queer life is what it is today, which makes it a perfect gift for any young queer or questioning person or for anyone who has an interest in such things but doesn’t know where to start their education. And THAT brings us nicely to our main point (aside from all the bragging).
If you purchase a copy of Legendary Children at any point from OCTOBER 1st, 2020 to DECEMBER 15, 2020 and you email us at tlo at tomandlorenzo dot com with a screenshot of your receipt (showing the date of purchase) and your address, we will quite happily and gratefully send you an autographed adhesive bookplate illustrated with one of the legends on the front cover and signed by us with any message that you like (and can fit). We’ll say that again:
Purchase a copy of Legendary Children any time from 10/1/20 to 12/15/20
Email us the dated receipt, your address, and whatever message you want us to write, subject line: LEGENDARY BOOKPLATE
Wait by the mailbox for your very own T Lo autograph and personal message to arrive!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! The first FIFTY people to purchase their copy FROM AN INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE (i.e., not Amazon or B&N or any other chain store), will ALSO receive a holographic sticker of the Legendary Children logo, suitable for backpacks, laptops, or whatever else you stick things to. Nothing against the big-name bookstores, but the independent ones really need the help right now.
So look, that’s part of your holiday shopping out of the way for any of the Drag Race fans, queer folks, or queer allies on your list. We promise they’ll love it! Don’t take our word for it. Did you see those awesome reviews?
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