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One of These Things First: A Memoir

by Steven Gaines

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As a bright, gay, obsessive teen growing up in the 1950s, Steven Gaines doesn't really fit in anywhere, not even in his colorful Jewish family. After a suicide attempt, he is sent to New York City's poshest psychiatric institution, Payne Whitney, to sort himself out. There he engages in intensive Freudian analysis designed to rid him of his obsessive compulsive disorder and homosexuality. He shares the fourth floor with a number of charmingly eccentric characters, such as Broadway producer and jigsaw puzzle fanatic Richard Halliday. Although Gaines's homosexuality and OCD are not "cured", the six months he spends in the hospital are a positive experience that shapes his later life as the author of several books about wealthy, unusual people.

This memoir is rather slight, but it is entertaining. ( )
  akblanchard | Dec 1, 2016 |
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One brilliantly cold afternoon in March of 1962, three months past my fifteenth birthday, I set out on a course of action that would shake my world from its wobbly orbit and spin it off on an unanticipated new trajectory.
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