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Masculinity

Jun 9, 2014 — After Alex Tizon emigrated to the U.S., he grew up feeling that Asian men were considered 'less than' in America. He shares his experience in a new memoir, Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self.
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May 17, 2014 — Actor Terry Crews has an NFL physique that's perfect for action films, but it's his sense of humor that has won over fans. Crews' revealing new memoir is called Manhood.
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Jun 16, 2012 — A few decades ago, most fathers would never have thought to read a parenting book, but these days, more and more are writing their own. From the dad-as-coach approach to the hip-dad variation, this year's releases point to a generational divide in what it means to be a father.
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Jul 13, 2011 — Dan Kois picks five hilarious new books to lift you out of the summer swelter. Go ahead: Laugh, giggle or guffaw until you sweat!
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May 16, 2011 — In The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, Jon-Jon Goulian offers a witty and engaging — if not particularly insightful — reflection on his transformation from shy child to outrageous Manhattan scenester.
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Jun 25, 2010 — The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist opens up about his experiences as a father to four children and husband to writer Ayelet Waldman in his book of personal essays, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son, now out in paperback.
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Jun 24, 2010 — The Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon's essays on marriage and fatherhood.
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Nov 23, 2009 — Book reviewer Alan Cheuse selects the highlights of this holiday season: futuristic dystopias; things that go bump in the night; portraits from Norman Rockwell's America; gay New York; a celebration of our immigrant adventures; one writer's journey to manhood; and, of course, Long John Silver.
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Oct 7, 2009 — There has been no shortage of books on motherhood, but daddy diaries are a new phenomenon. Michael Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs raises the bar, with 39 beautifully written essays that trace his influences and celebrate his roles as husband, father and son.
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Oct 7, 2009 — The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist opens up about his experiences as a father to four children and husband to writer Ayelet Waldman in his new book of personal essays, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son.
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