Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man (Hardback)
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Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 02/08/2018
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In this ground-breaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it. A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786890979
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 359 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A blazingly wise and beautiful book -- A.L. KENNEDY
Amateur provocatively describes the ways in which an increasingly fragile patriarchal culture needs to keep men in their place. A quest for self-liberation, this loving and deeply intelligent exploration of contemporary masculinities is essential reading -- DEBORAH LEVY
Amidst a generational shift bringing to question what exactly defines gender, this book plays like x-ray glasses, examining every oddity one may pretend isn't apparent -- JORDAN STEPHENS
Deeply personal and politically vital, a calm and contemplative antidote to male toxicity * * The Skinny * *
McBee uses the book as a lens to explore the dark side of masculinity . . . This account is interspersed with insights from a wide range of commentators and experts. It all adds up to a gripping and fascinating journey * * Irish News * *
Praise for Man Alive: 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
A sweet, tender hurt of a memoir . . . McBee shows us what it takes to become a man who is gloriously, gloriously alive -- ROXANE GAY, author of Bad Feminist
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
Empathy is McBee's objective, the most important part of becoming real in one's own eyes . . . we are born human; with hard work, we achieve humanity * * New York Times * *
A vitally important book. McBee's story harnesses the power of self-inquiry, of generosity, of a transformation powerful enough to address even the fallout from child abuse * * Los Angeles Review of Books * *

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