“What does it mean to be a man?
In Man Alive, Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer that question by focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life- one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who almost killed him. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples if flawed manhood and tells us a how a brush with violence sent him on the quest to untangle a sinister past, and freed him to become the man he was meant to be.” ~ Sourced from book
Author: Thomas Page McBee **
Genre: Transgender Nonfiction
Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
My Musings: This book was a pick from NPR 2014 List as part of my bookworm’s engagement. (When I first started writing my review or “musings” for this book, it seemed that I cannot fully justify its depth. My words alone cannot fully express what I felt while reading it. But I am going to give it a shot).
It is a beautifully written piece where McBee delves to discover what he has already known all his life and how he brings it out to fruition. The interwoven dialogue of his current and 10 year old self is note worthy. To be able to forgive such an incident is a task a lot of people have difficulty in completing. In other words, a must read.
**About the Author
Thomas Page McBee was the “masculinity expert” for VICE and writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic.com, Salon, and Buzzfeed, where he was a regular contributor on gender issues. He lives in New York City where he works as the editor of special projects at Quartz, and is currently at work on a book about modern American masculinity.