An Army of Ex-lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News

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A vivid, funny portrait of the four tumultuous years a young editor spent working in the gay press.
Boston's weekly Gay Community News was the center of the universe during the late 1970s, writes Amy Hoffman in this memoir of gay liberation before AIDS, before gay weddings, and before The L Word. Provocative, informative, inspiring, and absurd, with a small circulation but a huge influence, Gay Community News produced a generation of leaders, writers, and friends. In addition to capturing the heady atmosphere of the times the victories, controversies, and tragedies Hoffman's memoir is also her personal story, written with wit and insight, of growing up in a political movement; of her deepening relationships with charismatic, talented, and sometimes utterly weird coworkers; and of trying to explain it all to her large Jewish family.

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An editor of Gay Community News from 1978 to 1982, Amy Hoffman is the author of Hospital Time, a memoir about taking care of friends with AIDS. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts and is currently the editor of Women's Review of Books.

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Hoffman is full of tenderness toward her former colleagues, and she includes some wonderfully evocative photos. ... An Army of Ex-Lovers makes an important contribution to our understanding of gay Boston as well as the history of gay journalism. --Martha E. Stone, The Gay & Lesbain Review

Funny, engaging, enlightening, heartbreaking: a history of the heart that will touch everyone who reads it. --Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent

Amy Hoffman has written a fabulous memoir of post-Stonewall lesbian and gay liberation. The book captures the radical political spirit of the 1970s, conjuring up a world of men, women, and differently gender-configured activists who sought to foment a revolution to end capitalism, racism, homophobia, and sexism all the while putting out a weekly newspaper. . . . This is memoir at its best. --Janice Irvine, author of Disorders of Desire

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