“The Cruising Diaries: Expanded Edition” by Brontez Purnell— A Queer Coming-of-Age Memoir

Purnell, Brontez. “The Cruising Diaries: Expanded Edition”, illustrated by Janelle Hassiq,Silver Sprocket; 2020.

A Queer Coming-of Age Memoir

Amos Lassen

Brontez Purnell’s “The Cruising Diaries” is a queer coming of age memoir that is quite bold as it follows author and musician Brontez Purnell on a series of sexual misadventures through 2000s Oakland, California. We have outrageous tales of taco truck trysts and bathhouse Santas and wonderful illustrations. The stories are very real and very funny. Purnell does not hold back and puts it out there for all of us. It is totally and wonderfully raunchy. Some may see it as anti-erotica. I, however, see it as fun.

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