• A Boy Named Phyllis

  • A Suburban Memoir
  • By: Frank DeCaro
  • Narrated by: Frank DeCaro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What's a boy to do? An only child, a little chubby (and carrying it low). By age six already a regular in the Sears Husky Boys Department. Young Frankie is also gay, and he's trapped in the aluminum-sidinged, lawn-sprinklered, what-exit - wilds of New Jersey suburbia. Imagine Elton John born to an Italian-American Edith and Archie Bunker, and you've got the picture. 

A Boy Named Phyllis is Frank DeCaro's witty gem of a memoir about growing up among working-class Italian folk in Little Falls, New Jersey. There are the usual trials and tribulations between little Frankie and his parents, Marian and Frank Sr., but this is no angst-ridden, coming-of-age gay memoir. Frank is funny, and A Boy Names Phyllis is the antidote to such books. 

It is the mid-1960s, and the DeCaros have it all: a living room that no one is allowed to live in; a complete collection of cardboard cutout decorations for every holiday; an Entenmann's factory around the corner; and a killer lineup of Friday-night TV - The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and, if you can stay awake long enough, Love, American Style. There's only one problem: instead of developing a crush on Laurie Partridge, Frankie gets a boner for Keith. He perfects a drop-dead Paul Lynde imitation, and ultimately finds liberation through Elton John and Disco.

©1996 Frank DeCaro (P)2019 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Always better when narrated by the author

I enjoyed this book. It brought me back to my childhood in NJ close to the same area. We are about the same age. Even mentioned buying something at the Valley Fair. I was a kid and the only one I knew about was in Hillsdale (it’s something else now).

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Frank DeCaro is wonderful

Frank is genuine and authentic. I'm so glad he told his story as it goes a long way to foster understanding and compassion towards others.

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A Great Listen You'll Smile Through

This coming of age story of Frank Decaro, a boy growing up in the sixties and seventies is sweet, funny and a bit bawdy....the cultural touchstones add to the experience...we both had a David Cassidy poster. It's great to here his story without the bitterness he could have held.

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Good Listen!

I loved the story. I felt like you were telling my story. so many parts were my life too. Thanks for writing it.

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DNF

Just not for me- The story was not at all compelling and I just didn't jive with the casual fat phobia or the snarky storytelling. Meh.

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Fun and easy read

Frank DeCaro's experience wasn't all fun and easy, but his retelling sure is. I especially enjoyed the evolution of the relationship/dynamic with his family.

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A Fabulous Memoir of Growing Up Gay

I wasn't sure if I'd like this, but figured I'd give it a try. I loved it! The author's narration was awesome. He did a fantastic job and yes, a spot on imitation of Paul Lynde. The energy in his narration added so much to this already well written book. Despite being treated by kids in grade school, he finally found his niche and hasn't looked back. Great Job. Thank you !

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entertainment to say the least

Very interesting!! well written, read and performed. laughed, cried, it was super!! loved it!

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Franktastic!

I’ve loved Frank since the Sirius Out Q days and if you loved his show this is the book for you !

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Everything you hope it is. And more.

If you were a fan of the Frank DeCaro show on Sirius XM, you’ll enjoy every second of this book!