Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood [NOOK Book]

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Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor?s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male.


Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andr?s G?mez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most moving spoken-word poems, G?mez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at...

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Overview

Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male.


Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most moving spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a club. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez experienced an unexplainable surge of emotion that made his eyes well up with tears. Everyone at the scene jumped back, as if crying, or showing vulnerability, was the most insane thing that Gómez could possibly have done.


Like many men in our society, Gómez grew up believing that he had to be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects, and close off his emotional self. It wasn’t until he discovered acting that he began to see the true cost of squelching one’s emotions—and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught.


Statistics on graduation rates, employment, and teen and young-adult suicide make it clear that the young males in our society are at a crisis point, but Gómez seeks to reverse these ominous trends by sharing the lessons that he has learned. Like Hill Harper’s Letters to a Young Brother, Man Up will be an agent for positive change, galvanizing men—but also mothers, girlfriends, wives, and sisters—to rethink and reimagine the way all men interact with women, deal with violence, handle fear, and express emotion.

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"Think Keats meets Bob Marley meet Tupac" is how one reviewer described Carlos Andres Gómez's one-man play based on his life. Now the award-winning poet and actor brings his coming-of-age story to a wider audience. Though his experiences are in some ways unique (he grew up in twelve cities and four countries), Gómez's account of breaking inherited stereotypes of masculinity has implications far beyond those of a conventional personal memoir. His Man Up grapples with the crises that young men today are facing, human problems that pop up on statistics about graduation rates, unemployment, and teen and young adult suicide. A powerful wake-up call from someone who has been there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101595039
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 613,598
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author



Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, and writer. He had appeared in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and costarred in Spike Lee’s Inside Man. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    Five Stars for a Raw and Hopeful Journey

    This book is not meant to have all of the answers and it doesn't need to. What it does is tell one man's journey of grappling with the confines of masculinity. With a candidness and vulnerability, Gómez takes us through his ups and downs, his victories and his mistakes. This is a real journey -- one that isn't claiming to be pretty or simple but raw and complex. Not being the best version of oneself is something we can all relate to and Gómez offers up his story and missteps for us to examine and even critique. Demonstrating along the way how he challenged and also conformed to what he thought a man was supposed to be.

    What does it mean to be a man? Or woman? Or anyone in between? What are the confines of gender that we have been raised to believe are necessary? What Gómez offers is not just a new way of looking at what it means to be a man, but ultimately permission for every one of us to get free.

    Five stars for this brave, new voice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Arianna

    "Got it."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Plague

    Sounds good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Clarine

    ((I gtg, sorry!))

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    Posted September 3, 2013

    Adam

    Next reslt arianna. Fourth result fyre and fifth resut plague

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    Posted September 3, 2013

    Fyre

    Smiles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Z Susakura to oswen

    Alriht tnx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    As the mother of a little boy who is both Native American and Ca

    As the mother of a little boy who is both Native American and Caucasian, Man Up appealed to me not only because of its title but also the racial issues discussed in the book. I hoped to glean some understanding of the difficulties my son may face as a young man with two cultural identities. As I was immersed in the life of author Carlos Andrés Gómez, I was drawn in by the his strait forward, vulnerable honesty. A combination of male linguistics, poetry, and sensitive revelation, Man Up beautifully and compassionately exposes the pitfalls of socially enforced male machismo. Questioning the roles men are forced to believe they must embody and facing the issue of race head on, Man Up became a vehicle for my own growth as a mother and women. The authors experiences growing up also provided indispensable knowledge and lessons I can employ in raising my own intensely sensitive and loving little boy. A truly touching and brave memoir.

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