A Handful of Manhood
Author: Gaby Hauptmann
Publisher: Virago Press
Wealthy, self-made Gunther Schmidt is celebrating his 60th birthday in style: with sixty guests. 'Happy Birthday, old boy!' 'Welcome to the club!' But Gunther doesn't like being sixty. As he casts his eye over the assembled guests, he spots the luscious Linda, girlfriend of the mayor's son -- and just the one to keep him young... So when he goes to bed that night, he resolves to get rid of his boring wife Marion and have Linda instead. But Gunther hasn't bargained for what Linda and Marion think of the matter... 'Un-neurotic, clear-sighted and wickedly irreverent... The perfect antidote to Bridget Jones and Ally McBeal' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Closer Than Brothers
Author: Alfred W. McCoy
Publisher: Yale University Press
Reaching Up for Manhood
Author: Geoffrey Canada
Publisher: Beacon Press
From a troubled youth navigating the mean streets of the South Bronx to an inspiring educational activist who evokes praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, Geoffrey Canada has made a remarkable personal journey that cemented his dedication to underserved youth. His award-winning work was featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for “Superman,” and he has been hailed by media, activists, teachers, and national leaders. Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” and Oprah Winfrey refers to him as “an angel from God.” Here, Canada draws on his years of work with inner-city youth and on his own turbulent boyhood to offer a moving and revelatory look at the little-understood emotional lives of boys. And who better for this task than the man Elizabeth Mehren of the Los Angeles Times calls “one of this country’s leading advocates for youth.” From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: C. H. Freedman
'Does Size Matter?' Reference to surveys, coupled with views expressed by women in magazines and TV shows, are made. Man's own raison d'etre is considered; his needs explained. Genitalia described and illustrated; their function explained. How penile growth can be achieved by natural means - what the exercises actually do. The reader can see where he stands. Thanks to the Internet, hundreds of thousands are experimenting with routines – with maybe millions more curious to learn - sharing their experiences with each other, but there are only a handful of reliable and experienced practitioners amongst them. Over a period of 5 years the author identified these men and exchanged views, experiences, and advice from that select few. It became apparent that each had become an expert in a particular aspect of penile enlargement (PE). The routines and exercises described are drawn from those few. All methods reported in detail with added confirmation provided by the active participation of the author – and his medically qualified mentor. Using only his hands, the reader can follow the step-by-step exercises. Cautionary notes guide the student through to advanced routines. Human nature leads many men to seek mechanical help to achieve their aims more quickly or more easily. That industry is identified; guidance is given on the use of weights, vacuum pumps and cylinders, lubricants, traction devices, pills, potions and patches, and much more besides. Internet forums are rife; not all are responsibly run. The book helps identify such 'meeting places' where the reader can further his interest in this very private practice. Survey results amongst PE students and research results reproduced in the book show gains made in penile growth by a volunteer group over a 3 month period. Women surveyed report opinions and preferences between length and thickness of a man’s penis.
Paralyzed Eye: A Journey from Boyhood to Manhood, is the chronicled journey of one person's journey and life experiences over the course of seventeen years. As a boy emigrating to the United States of America, a variety of experiences are frozen in memory, but have been injected onto paper to represent a period of trials, experiences and inspiration. When you stop and have an outer body experience of your own life,it allows you a very intimate moment within your own life.
The popular sidekick from The Adam Carolla Show traces his battle against an inoperable brain tumor, describing how his promising future was upended by challenging treatments, confrontations with his mortality and his new life outlook. 50,000 first printing.
Author: Gregory Pardlo
From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition. Gregory Pardlo's father was a brilliant and charismatic man--a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money on more and more ostentatious whims. In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels. Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp. He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager-cum-barfly at his family's jazz club. Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity. Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man's remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family. It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape.
Pathways to Manhood
Author: Janet Mancini Billson
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
In "Pathways to Manhood, "published in cloth as "Strategic Styles: Coping in the Inner City, "Janet Maricini Billson studies five young boys who grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts, during the Intense racial and political turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Using data from Harvard's Pathways to Identity project, she analyzes how healthy ego striving develops in the social and physical decay of an Inner-city environment. The author draws a rich and absorbing portrait of each boy and of his life. Although they grew up in the same social context, the boys became very different individuals. In a new preface to this expanded edition, Billson maintains that it is still vitally Important to understand the coping styles that young black males develop in the face of adversity. Bernard E. Bruce traces what happened to the five boys, who are now men In their forties, in his poignant epilogue, "From Boys to Men." A new chapter on Intervention strategies shows how parents, teachers, and others who work with inner-city youth can most effectively support positive coping styles. Graphic representations help visualize both the styles and the intervention strategies. This classic book is a valued resource for parents; for those who work in the helping professions, education, and the criminal justice system; and for students of sociological theory, social psychology, human development, and race relations.
A Handful of Men
Author: Dave Duncan
Publisher: Open Road Media
The Aurora Award–winning author of the Man of His Word novels returns to the magical realm of Pandemia with this high fantasy series. In these four epic novels of sword and sorcery, discord rages throughout the land of Pandemia and the rightful rulers fight an unjust imperor. The Cutting Edge: For fifteen years, Queen Inos and King Rap have ruled Krasnegar peacefully, but now darkness encroaches. When a royal family grows tyrannical and armies wage war along the Impire’s borderlands, Rap ignores them—until he learns the Protocol, a treaty controlling the use of magic, is in danger of being destroyed. Upland Outlaws: The mad dwarf, Xinixo, rules as the imperor, enchanting his subjects and enemies to believe he is Shandie, the rightful ruler. Wielding the combined power of all the sorcerers under his control, he destroys or enslaves any who oppose him. But his greatest enemies, King Rap and the true Shandie, will stop at nothing to end his reign. The Stricken Field: The sorcerer Xinixo still rules the Impire, but King Rap and Shandie continue to resist his reign, enlisting the help of the remaining free sorcerers of the world to destroy him. Their chances of victory remain slim . . . until a young pixie girl decides to join their cause. The Living God: The imposter Xinixo continues to rule as war wages in the Impire. The troll sorcerers have joined the resistance and Rap is rallying the elves to his cause. His wife, Queen Inos, and Shandie negotiate with gnomes while the sorcerers of Thume and the pixie girl secretly organize a resistance to Xinixo’s rule. But the odds are against them as the prophesied Longday draws nearer.
A Mother's Guide to Manhood
Author: Dr. Gwen Spratt and Dalen Spratt
The best teachers in life are those who have not only studied, but truly experienced the message that they are trying to relay. Whether it is religion, sports, or simple life lessons, your words and actions must be genuine. A wise man once said, “You can't teach what you don't know, but if you do know, why not spread the knowledge.” The words on these pages were written to inspire hope. They are not only meant for the multitude of people that don't believe a woman can raise a son into a successful man without the immediate help of a father, but as well as for the individuals who are proving that theory wrong every day. There is hope. Through faith, strength, dedication, and prayer a former school teacher turned pastor was able to successfully raise her son into a respectable, focused, and driven man. This story and its lessons highlight the ups and downs, the smiles and frowns, and the tears of joy and sorrow that are all a part of the tremendous journey that a mother and son embark on together through life's everlasting trials and tribulations.
Author: Timothy J. Williams
Publisher: UNC Press Books
In this in-depth and detailed history, Timothy J. Williams reveals that antebellum southern higher education did more than train future secessionists and proslavery ideologues. It also fostered a growing world of intellectualism flexible enough to marry the era's middle-class value system to the honor-bound worldview of the southern gentry. By focusing on the students' perspective and drawing from a rich trove of their letters, diaries, essays, speeches, and memoirs, Williams narrates the under examined story of education and manhood at the University of North Carolina, the nation's first public university. Every aspect of student life is considered, from the formal classroom and the vibrant curriculum of private literary societies to students' personal relationships with each other, their families, young women, and college slaves. In each of these areas, Williams sheds new light on the cultural and intellectual history of young southern men, and in the process dispels commonly held misunderstandings of southern history. Williams's fresh perspective reveals that students of this era produced a distinctly southern form of intellectual masculinity and maturity that laid the foundation for the formulation of the post–Civil War South.
Author: Paula Lupkin
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Between the Civil War and the Great Depression, the Young Men's Christian Association built more than a thousand community centers across the United States and in major cities around the world. Dubbed "manhood factories" by Teddy Roosevelt, these iconic buildings served as athletic centers and residential facilities for a rapidly growing urban male population. In Manhood Factories, Paula Lupkin goes behind the reserved Beaux-Arts facades of typical YMCA buildings constructed in this period to understand the urban anxieties, moral agendas, and conceptions of masculinity that guided their design, construction, and use. She shows that YMCA patrons like J. P. Morgan, Cyrus McCormick Jr., and John Wanamaker hoped to create "Christian clubhouses" that would counteract the corrupting influences of the city. At first designed by leading American architects, including James Renwick Jr. and William Le Baron Jenney, and then standardized by the YMCA's own building bureau, YMCAs combined elements of men's clubs, department stores, hotels, and Sunday schools. Every aspect of the building process was informed by this mission, Lupkin argues, from raising funds, selecting the site and the architect, determining the exterior style, arranging and furnishing interior spaces, and representing the buildings in postcards and other printed materials. Beginning with the early history of the YMCA and the construction of New York City's landmark Twenty-third Street YMCA of 1869, Lupkin follows the efforts of YMCA leaders to shape a modern yet moral public culture and even define class, race, ethnicity, and gender through its buildings. Illustrated with many rarely seen photographs, maps, and drawings, Manhood Factories offers a fascinating new perspective on a venerable institution and its place in America's cultural and architectural history.