Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

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 mas From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with ?hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love? (Maggie...

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Title:Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man
Author:Thomas Page McBee
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501168746
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man Reviews

  • Herbie
    Feb 09, 2019
    I tore through this like a man trying to run a 6 minute mile. I don?t know. In the end I came to find some lovely moments here, but for much it, I was a bit detached and disappointed. In the opening, I was disappointed in what felt like rushed editing and a lot of confused chronology...
  • Katie
    Mar 15, 2019
    Thomas Page McBee is a transgender man who is struggling with how to deal with masculinity. After transitioning, he has numerous instances of being met with physical aggression by strangers. This book recounts his time training for a boxing match at Madison Square Gardens as he process...
  • Dee
    Apr 06, 2019
    A thoughtful exploration of trans masculinity, gendered violence, intimacy. I wish he'd also included discussions with non-cis men, and that lack felt disappointing. Still, a very good read. ...
  • K
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is worth the read, but its weaknesses are hard to overlook. It seems to be part of some sort of publishing boom in trans memoirs, and while I'm grateful that there are more books to fill the demand, this one fell short for me. I guess it's because I've heard many parallel insights...
  • Laura
    Feb 11, 2019
    From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week: Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at New York's Madison Square Garden, while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit ...
  • Ryan Mishap
    Mar 04, 2019
    An excellent personal and societal examination of varying masculine identities and stereotypes and the effects on individuals, families, and culture. As a society, we're still coming to grips with the rigid binary of gender being challenged as immutable. This is a book that goes a l...
  • Lindsey
    Jan 05, 2019
    A lot of rich thinking about violence, tenderness, & who we let ourselves be. ...
  • Eli
    Oct 24, 2018
    Eh. It was particularly interesting to read this immediately following reading Janet Mock?s newest memoir, which I devoured in less than 24 hours. This one I had to take breaks from and come back to because, frankly, I got sick of him. I as a transmasculine person am desperate for st...
  • Waffle
    Jan 27, 2019
    I wasn?t going to read this, because I don?t like boxing. When I picked it up, though, I found an insightful analysis of masculinity, and a few reasons to maybe change my mind about boxing (not really convinced yet). It?s a topic at the top of my mind lately, and this is a quick ...
  • Caden
    Sep 26, 2018
    I have asked myself questions about what masculinity is countless times; I think Thomas was the first to give me an answer I was satisfied with. As a trans guy interested in better understanding myself, I have read plenty of books that spoke about transitioning and finding one's plac...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 01, 2018
    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 ...
  • Libby
    Sep 27, 2018
    Wow. This might be my new favorite book. What a powerful read. To think about what it's like to be a man when you know first-hand how the world feels for women... incredible. Truly incredible. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 10, 2019
    An amazing story of transition and the emotion, confusion and power behind it. ...
  • Emmkay
    May 12, 2019
    I loved McBee?s first memoir, ?Man Alive,? And was thrilled to pick up his latest and chat briefly with him at an event last fall. It was lovely to finally settle down to read it at last. This is a thoughtful exploration of masculinity, written from an interesting perspective...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 17, 2018
    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 becomi...
  • Austen
    Dec 13, 2018
    I'm so thankful for the way McBee put into words so much of what I've often felt about masculinity. I don't know if I've ever felt as seen as I did reading this book. This is an important read, not just for other trans men, but for people of all genders who are trying to figure out wha...
  • Katie
    Nov 29, 2018
    A unique and important perspective on gender and the culture of masculinity; truly, this was a fascinating read. The ideas and story are well worth reading. I had some trouble reconciling the content with the way it was presented, though, and maybe that's just a personal thing. Since t...
  • Paul
    Jan 04, 2019
    Round One In his training for the fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden, McBee joined the Church Boxing Gym. It is in downtown Manhattan and in underground down several flights of stairs. There are several rings in the room and it is covered with posters of fighters long...
  • Eilonwy
    Apr 20, 2019
    Only four years after finally getting the male body he always knew he was, transman Thomas McBee convinces an editor to enter him in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. No, he's never boxed before. He mostly runs, and that's the kind of body he has: 5'6" tall, and 130 poun...
  • Raf
    Oct 08, 2018
    This book blew me away. I read pretty much everything I can find on masculinity and this was a one of a kind read. As a trans man McBee navigates a great deal of his external gender socialization with a deep attentiveness, tenderness, and patience. Watching the way he grabs a 'piece' o...
  • David
    Jan 03, 2019
    This is a great book about masculinity, toxic and otherwise, but it's also a bittersweet sports story. 5/5 ...
  • Emily Fassler
    Jan 26, 2019
    This was a Family Book Club read, suggested by my youngest sibling. I'm not sure I ever would have picked it up on my own, but wow. Wow wow wow. This is a wondrous, vulnerable, thought-provoking exploration of gender, masculinity, violence, loss, and self-actualization. Highly highly r...
  • Adrian Brown
    Oct 06, 2018
    Thomas Page McBee writes beautifully about the struggle of masculinity, having had the unique opportunity to live/see it from both sides. There's a lot about fighting in this book, and while I love to strap on some gloves and punch it out as much as the next girl, I finished the book s...
  • Jos
    Dec 30, 2018
    I read this book because I wanted an answer to a question that I've been asking myself for a very long time: what it means to be a man. Of course, actually answering that question is probably impossible, but I did hope to get an interesting perspective on it by reading this. Amateur ...
  • Ally Muterspaw
    Jun 10, 2019
    Really insightful read on masculinity!! ...
  • Derya
    Jun 14, 2019
    Compelling narrative from the perspective of a trans man coming to terms with white male privelidge; unfortunately, that's where it ends. ...
  • Hillary
    Apr 17, 2019
    3.5 and ALMOST 4...Had a hard time getting into it (a book about masculinity? Eye roll), but ended up really into the story and what the author had to say. ...
  • Julia
    Jan 04, 2019
    Listened to this as an audiobook read by the author. Beautifully written and very poetic story of the author?s journey training to take part in a charity boxing match in Madison Square Gardens as a trans man. Many thoughts about what it means to be a man and what?s wrong with a lot...
  • Marcus Perry
    Nov 26, 2018
    What is masculinity? Is it static or is it fluid? Does it have to be violent or can it find strength in being tender? Thomas Page McBee explores masculinity, both its negatives and possible positives, in his book "Amateur: A True Story About What Makes A Man" as he prepares for a chari...
  • Ryan
    Dec 22, 2018
    ?I thought about being a white man in America. I thought about my pay raises, the assumptions of competency, the sudden freedom to walk alone at night, the way my body has transitioned from threatened to threat. I thought about the advantages thrown at me for an aesthetic that looked...