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Gorilla Suit: My Adventures in Bodybuilding

Bob Paris

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ISBN 10: 0312168551 / ISBN 13: 9780312168551
Published by St. Martin's Press, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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St. Martin's Press. New York. 1997. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 274 pp. Paris' story is a rags-to-riches tale. Growing up in the Bible Belt, the dope-smoking teenage loser falls in love with bodybuilding, slowly rises up the ladder of fame until he moves to the sport's Mecca, Los Angeles, becomes a world champion, then disowns the muscle world altogether in disgust and frustration. Through that time, he struggles with his abusive father, opportunistic Svengalis, coming out as a gay man, and the prevalence of steroids in the sport. First edition, first printing. Inscribed "Sam, Good strong top 10 finish in the USA, with your symmetry you can win!" and signed by the author (BP) on the half title page. Near fine book in a very good jacket with just some minor hints of wear along the edges. Bookseller Inventory # 2597

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Title: Gorilla Suit: My Adventures in Bodybuilding

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Related along two timelines, this revealing look into the world of professional bodybuilding explores both the author's present comeback efforts sans drug abuse, and his past, shattering common myths about the men in the sport. 25,000 first printing. Tour.


Bob Paris became famous as the first openly gay Mr. Universe and grew even more famous when he and Rob Jackson, his lover at the time, published Straight from the Heart, a memoir of their life together. Paris has now gone solo with Gorilla Suit. A cross between a personal memoir and a cultural history of bodybuilding, Gorilla Suit details Paris's desire to radically change his body, what that meant to him as a gay man living in a homophobic culture, and his decision to leave the sport once he discovered how seductive its destructive qualities were. Gorilla Suit is not an emotionally wrought literary memoir, or even a tell-all exposé; rather, it is a well-written, perceptive, and ultimately joyful story of a gay man's discovery of what it means to love his body.

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