From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love (Maggie Nelson), an exquisite and troubling narrative of masculinity, violence, and society.In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculi...
|Title||:||Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man Reviews
Superbly well written and insightful, a pleasure to read. Thomas explores the subject of masculinity with great openness and vulnerability. As a woman I found it very interesting to read, and it certainly made me see things more from the male point of view.
Maggie Nelson said that this book was like "sitting with someone uncurling his hands, than holding them out to you, open, so that you can behold all the hard-won strength, insight, agility and love to be found there" and I think that's true. This is a vital trans narrative about becoming and fighting and masculinity. There's bloodiness and tenacity in it, but also gentleness.
Thomas Page McBee was the first transgender man to box at Madison Square Garden. In his second memoir, which arose from a Quartz article entitled “Why Men Fight,” he recounts the training leading up to his charity match and ponders whether aggression is a natural male trait. McBee grew up in a small town outside Pittsburgh with a stepfather who sexually abused him from age four. In 2011 he started the testosterone injections that would begin his gender transformation. During the years that follo ...more
This is an important book that will likely not be read widely enough.
The writing is great. He's a journalist and that shows in the style, but he's also a natural storyteller and that shows too, especially the in the parts about his mother.
My experiences with masculinity differ from his (people still talk over me in meetings, for one thing), but his perspective is valuable and unique and full of unexpected depth and wisdom. A lot of what he had to say resonated. A lot of it, I wish I could share ...more
If I’m honest, I have little interest in boxing (and perhaps less so in masculinity as a concept), but Thomas Page McBee is such a talent, I’d follow him anywhere. This is a generous and tender story, beautifully rendered. I’m grateful this book is in the world.