Fit to Serve: Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador

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Fit to Serve A memoir of one of James C Hormel's heirs - a man who grew up feeling different not only because his family owned an empire and lived in a twenty-six bedroom house in a small town in Minnesota but because he was gay at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted.

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Jim Hormel is that rarest of hyphenates: an activist-philanthropist. His generosity is legendary, but his greatest gift came not from his personal wealth but from his willingness to claim his own heart proudly and with unforgettable dignity in the face of public vilification. Well done, Mr. Ambassador --Armistead Maupin, Author of Tales of the City

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The heir to Hormel's gripping memoir about being gay and fighting the mainstream.

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