Becoming A Man

Becoming A Man

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Paul Monette's National Book Award-winning memoir hailed as a classic coming-out story

Paul Monette grew up all-American, Catholic, overachieving . . . and closeted. As a child of the 1950s, a time when a kid suspected of being a "homo" would routinely be beaten up, Monette kept his secret throughout his adolescence. He wrestled with his sexuality for the first thirty years of his life, priding himself on his ability to "pass" for straight. The story of his journey to adulthood and to self-acceptance with grace and honesty, this intimate portrait of a young man's struggle with his own desires is witty, humorous, and deeply felt.

Before his death of complications from AIDS in 1995, Monette was an outspoken activist crusading for gay rights. Becoming a Man shows his courageous path to stand up for his own right to love and be loved.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
Publisher: New York :, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9781480473867
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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jmmason Sep 05, 2012

Excellent, award-winning read. He also left us some interesting novels.

johnami Sep 05, 2012

Paul Monette’s lively, imaginative, spontaneous writing style provides much reading pleasure. In this volume, Mr. Monette explores the formative and early adult years of his life. In America in the 1950’s through the 1980’s being gay was equivalent to being a social outcast. There has been some progress, but negativism about being gay continues in the U.S. and in countries throughout the world, despite the fact that homosexuality is considered by medical professionals as a completely acceptable variation of sexual function. Mr. Monette’s book makes clear the difficulty and pain of growing up in a homophobic society. Fortunately, he had the character to create a fulfilling life for himself, despite the trauma of prejudice from family and associates. There are a number of reasons why this is wonderful book to read. There is Mr. Monette's excellent writing. There is the interesting story of an individual who achieved academic and literary success. There are the detailed accounts of his life which mirror the family confrontations and curiosity about being and sexuality that we all encounter as we develop. And there is the positive view about being gay that is an underlying and conclusive theme throughout the book.

Aug 07, 2012

Found this book at a thrift store for 50 cents. I fell in love with his writing style. Enjoyed his story very much,

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