Diary of a Drag Queen

Crystal Rasmussen, with Tom Rasmussen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17 trade paper (432p) ISBN 978-0-374-53857-6
Twenty-something British journalist and drag queen Rasmussen, who goes by the stage name Crystal, delivers a cheeky, irreverent debut memoir in diary form. Rasmussen covers such topics as sex, career, and self esteem­—and doesn’t shy away from sharing graphic sex stories with vivid details of their dating app hookups. Rasmussen also discusses writing about queer issues for magazines; being verbally and physically attacked for going out in drag; struggling to make it as a drag performer; and the freedom of being a drag queen (“drag allows you to become the kind of superstar you never thought you were allowed to be”). The memoir nods to Sex and the City (Rasmussen identifies as a Samantha and later as a Carrie) and often reads like a queer Bridget Jones’s Diary (like Bridget, the author is a broke writer, and they’re emotionally entangled with a Mark Darcy figure). Beyond being an entertaining romp, this memoir serves as an education for those living outside queer and drag circles. This exuberant, irreverent confessional is loud and proud with its message of acceptance and inclusion. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 12/16/2019
Release date: 04/14/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
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