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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553378260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553378269
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,580,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you think the famous lesbian novelist tells all, you're right...Rita Mae [is] funny and thoughtful as all get-out. Read her book."
--Liz Smith
"Breezy, accessible, lively...There's no doubt that Brown can tell a story with the best of them. "Rita Will" is like a long story told on a country porch."
"--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"

"From the Hardcover edition."

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When Rita Mae Brown writes, people often end up laughing out loud. So naturally, when the bestselling author of "Rubyfruit Jungle, Venus Envy, and the Mrs. Murphy mystery series writes about her own life, it's a hoot, a rollicking ride with an independent, opinionated woman who changed literary history--the first openly lesbian writer to break into the mainstream. Now, in "Rita Will, she tells all...and tells it hilariously.
It is often said that the best comedy springs from hard times. And Rita Mae Brown has seen plenty of those. In this irresistibly readable memoir, she recounts the drama of her birth as the illegitimate daughter of a flighty blue blood who left her in an orphanage. The sickly baby was quickly rescued by relatives eager to adopt her but afraid she would not survive the long journey home. Her determination to live, and shock everyone by doing it, has become a metaphor for her entire life.
Though raised by these loving adoptive parents and a wacky host of other interfering kin, Rita Mae Brown learned early on to be tough and to speak her mind. It was her refusal to be anything but herself that often brought her the most trouble. Here she tells of her tempestuous relationship with her adoptive mother, the mythic Juts of the novels "Six of One and "Bingo, who called her "the ill," for illegitimate, whenever she lost her temper, and who swore she'd introduce Rita Mae to the social graces, including the dreaded cotillion, even if it killed them both.
Here, too, Rita Mae reveals how her headstrong support of social causes almost cost her a hard-earned education and her outspokenness in the early days of the women's movement got her drummed out of NOW, and how therelease of her first novel, the scandalous classic "Rubyfruit Jungle, made her an overnight phenomenon--the most famous openly gay person in America--and took her from the heights of the "New York Times bestseller list to the surreal playhouse that is Hollywood.
Through it all, Rita Mae has drawn strength from her profound bond with animals, from her abiding affection for the South and its native tongue, and from the great passions of her life. She writes with close-to-the-bone honesty about woman-woman love...including her love-at-first-sight relationship with a popular actor and her headline-making romance with tennis great Martina Navratilova. With her trademark humor, she unflinchingly bares her own flaws, flouting public opinion yet displaying the unflappable good sense that shows through everything she writes.
A look into a woman's mind and a writer's irrepressible spirit, "Rita Will is quintessential Rita Mae Brown--a book that feels like a kick-your-shoes-off visit with an old friend.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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Although I'm hesitant to write due to my bias- Ms. Brown is my favorite author- I had a hard time understanding the reviews that use words like 'egoist'. I would choose words such as 'self-confident', 'bold', and 'hilarious'. Cheers to Rita Mae Brown for her life, and for sharing her life story with us. I, for one, am appreciative. And, she cracks me up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rita will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser 26 April 2014
By sophiemom - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. I am a devoted admirer of Rita Mae Brown and her books, although of course I like some of the books more than others. I was very happy to learn more about her life, and why she has chosen to live the way she does, i. e., on a farm. The book is written openly and honestly, and in places is screamingly funny. Brown's insight into her own personality and that of others is illuminating. And her connection to animals is beautiful. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to those who do not know Brown's work, and also to those who do, with the caveat that anyone who harbors prejudice towards gays would do well to avoid it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Mae Brown unleashed 23 Mar. 2014
By Loraine Paige - Published on Amazon.com
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This book hooked me on the works of Rita Mae Brown. She is a literary inspiration and an inspiration in all life's avenues. Seeing the woman behind the writing was a privilege and an honor. Here is a picture of what it takes to have a dream for a better nation and live a life that actually moves a country forward. It is funny (laugh out loud funny), insightful, honest, engaging, and even important. I have recommended it highly and even bought copies for friends and family members of all ages and interests. It is a book worth reading for several reasons and an extremely enjoyable one to boot!
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy have always been a fan of 7 Oct. 2015
By Diane Kelham - Published on Amazon.com
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I am reading this now also.....very happy have always been a fan of hers
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Rita Mae Brown's books but this one was at ... 2 Sept. 2014
By SBM - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Rita Mae Brown's books but this one was at lest 1/2 based on the women's movement. I would have like more personal stories like in the first 1/2 of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. It isn't very often that I read a ... 13 Feb. 2015
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Fantastic. It isn't very often that I read a book that changes my view of the world. This one certainly did.
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