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Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man Paperback – Jan. 1 1800

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ City Lights Publishers; edition (2014-09-09) (Jan. 1 1800)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0872866246
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0872866249
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 227 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.72 x 1.27 x 20.07 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 69 ratings

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By turns despairing and hopeful, exceptional and relatable. To read it is to witness the birth of a fuller, truer self. I loved this book--ANN FRIEDMAN

Well aware that memory and identity rarely follow a linear path, Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer the question, "What does it really mean to be a man?" Weaving past and present to do so, the book's journey connects violence, masculinity and forgiveness. McBee has an intelligent heart, and it beats in every sentence of this gorgeous book--SAEED JONES, author of Prelude to Bruise

Thomas Page McBee writes about manhood - in all its danger and damaged allure - more beautifully and with greater nuance than any other writer I know. Man Alive is a brilliant, necessary book--GARTH GREENWELL, author of What Belongs to You

Reading Man Alive is like sitting with someone uncurling his hands, then holding them out to you, open, so that you can behold all the hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love to be found there--MAGGIE NELSON, author of The Argonauts

A story about patience, forgiveness, kindness and bravery . . . With this book, Thomas Page McBee has done exactly what we should all strive for: to tell our stories in ways that humanize rather than sensationalize--LAUREN MORELLI, writer, Orange Is the New Black

A brilliant work of art. I bow down to McBee - his humility, his sense of humor, his insightfulness, his structural deftness, his ability to put into words what is often said but rarely, with such visceral clarity and beauty, communicated--HEIDI JULAVITS, author of The Vanishers and The Uses of Enchantment

A sweet, tender hurt of a memoir . . . about forgiveness and self-discovery, but mostly it's about love, so much love. McBee takes us in his capable hands and shows us what it takes to become a man who is gloriously, gloriously alive--ROXANE GAY, author of Bad Feminist --This text refers to an alternate paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas Page McBee was the 'masculinity expert' forVICEand has written the columns 'Self-Made Man' for theRumpusand 'The American Man' forPacific Standard. His essays and reportage have appeared in theNew York Times,Playboy,The Atlantic,Glamour,Salon, andBuzzfeed, where he was a regular contributor on gender issues. Man Alive won the LAMBDA Literary Award and was named a Book of the Year byPublishers Weekly,Kirkus Reviews,NPR Books, andBuzzFeed. He lives in New York City, where he works at the editor of special projects atQuartz. --This text refers to an alternate paperback edition.

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