My name's yours, what's Alaska? : a memoir

by Thunderfuck, Alaska, 1985-

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Summary
Before extraterrestrial Trash Queen Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 rocketed to superstardom on RuPaul's Drag Race , Justin Andrew Honard was a small-town Pennsylvania boy searching for a stage. This dishy, visual memoir spills the tea on Alaska's meteoric rise to fame, from her childhood makeovers of Mickey Mouse dolls all the way to her legendary Drag Race lip-syncs. With heartbreaking honesty, humour, and her signature drawl, she shares never-before-heard stories about the man behind the beat and sheds new light on the well-worn tales of her career, such as her time at Trannyshack and relationship with Sharon Needles. Intimate and alluring with exclusive photography throughout, this book is the ultimate backstage pass to the making of everyone's favourite Glametron transplant.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Alaska, a RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars winner, delivers a frank if heavily abridged telling of their life to date in this underwhelming debut. Known offstage as Justin Honard, Alaska grew up in small-town Pennsylvania in the 1990s as a gay boy who loved Catwoman and dreamed of leaving home for city life. "Aching to have a real drag experience" after seeing a drag show in college, they entered a famous drag contest in Pittsburgh and won, crystallizing that they "could actually be a successful Drag queen." After an ill-fated move to Los Angeles, Alaska fell in love with fellow drag performer Sharon Needles, moved back to Pittsburgh, and the pair were soon cast on Drag Race. But the relationship proved unhealthy, leading to Alaska's abuse of drugs and alcohol and their eventual breakup, after which the author sobered up. The narrative centers on the tumultuous romance, crowding out pretty much everything else; one Drag Race chapter only offers quick "highlights" from the show ("if you're reading this... you have likely seen it for yourself"). And while Alaska expresses remorse about using "racist and transphobic slurs" on stage, they avoid any mention of their past antagonism toward trans activists. The result is a patchy midlife story that will appeal to Drag Race die-hards, but few others. Agent: Thomas Flannery Jr., Vigliano Assoc. (Nov)"
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Subjects Thunderfuck, Alaska, -- 1985-
Drag queens -- United States -- Biography.
Entertainers -- United States -- Biography.
Television personalities -- United States -- Biography.
Female impersonators -- United States -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher San Francisco :Chronicle Books,2021
Other Titles My name is yours, what's Alaska?
My name's yours, what is Alaska?
My name is yours, what is Alaska?
Contributors Flannery, Thomas, Jr., author.
Beat, Jackie, writer of foreword.
Language English
Description 237 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781797203225
1797203223
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