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Just by Looking at Him: A Novel | Ryan O'Connell
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From the star of Peacocks Queer as Folk and the Netflix series Special comes a darkly witty and touching novel following a gay TV writer with cerebral palsy as he fights addiction and searches for acceptance in an overwhelmingly ableist world. Elliott appears to be living the dream as a successful TV writer with a doting boyfriend. But behind his Instagram filter of a life, hes grappling with an intensifying alcohol addiction, he cant seem to stop cheating on his boyfriend with various sex workers, and his cerebral palsy is making him feel like gay Shrek. After falling down a rabbit hole of sex, drinking, and Hollywood backstabbing, Elliott decides to limp his way towards redemption. But facing your demons is easier said than done. Candid, biting, and refreshingly real, Just by Looking at Him is an incisive commentary on gay life, a heart-centered, laugh-out-loud exploration of self, and a rare insight into life as a person with disabilities.
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Despite things still being rough at home, I was able to take a few hours yesterday and go to my local BN, where I picked up Exiles and the Mandel, and my local indie (Bluestocking Social in Evansville, IN), where I picked up the tagged and the new Iain Reid. Yay! 🥳🎂

I wanted to use my print library more, and I finally did!! I picked up Rebecca and Bliss Montage there. Such a fun birthday treat!! 👍🏻🎉

Megabooks @Cinfhen excited to open your gift later and thank you for the birthday email @BarbaraBB !! I‘m keeping an eye out for your gift sometime soon. I‘ll write back soon! 💕💕💕 1w
TrishB Happy books ♥️ 1w
BarbaraBB You did well! I am happy you were able to go there and treat yourself. The tagged book is a beauty 😍. Happy birthday 🎈 ❤️ 1w
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squirrelbrain Some great books there! ❤️ 1w
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Megabooks @TrishB @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @marleed @CaitZ @Cinfhen thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!! It was a wonderful day!! 🎉🎉💜 1w
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Actor and writer Ryan O'Connell pens a humorous and honest fiction novel of a successful screenwriter with cerebral palsy who craves intimacy. After hiring a gay sex worker, things go awry with the protagonist's life that becomes obsessive and ridiculous in this look into the relationships and the dating world.