The Language of Men: A Memoir

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Foreword Magazine 2012 - Gold BOTYA (Memoir)
IPPY 2012 - Silver (Autobiography)


Growing up in a working class town on Long Island, Anthony D'Aries watched his father rebuild muscle cars, groove to rock 'n' roll, slice meat at the local deli, and bring roadkill back to life in his taxidermy workshop. Anthony, the impressionable younger son, loved his father. Emulated him. Acted out visceral scenes from "Taxi ...

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Overview

Foreword Magazine 2012 - Gold BOTYA (Memoir)
IPPY 2012 - Silver (Autobiography)


Growing up in a working class town on Long Island, Anthony D'Aries watched his father rebuild muscle cars, groove to rock 'n' roll, slice meat at the local deli, and bring roadkill back to life in his taxidermy workshop. Anthony, the impressionable younger son, loved his father. Emulated him. Acted out visceral scenes from "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" with his dad and older brother. Soaked up his father's lurid wartime tales — the hooch and the hos in 'Nam.
"The Language of Men" begins with Anthony's search to learn who his father was. When he travels to Vietnam with his wife, Vanessa, who has a job leading health and anatomy classes for sex workers in Ho Chi Minh City, Anthony isn't sure what he will find. Visiting Long Binh where his father was stationed, then seeing his relationship with Vanessa begin to deteriorate, Anthony arrives at realizations that begin to explain his father's life, as well as his own troubling behaviors. Reluctant to deny or admit complicity, Anthony returns home to look for answers in his past.

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Tracy Kidder
"This book is an impressive debut from a young writer. Mr. D'Aries has many admirable traits, including a distinctive style. It is a pleasure to keep company with him in these moving and insightful pages." - Tracy Kidder, Strength in What Remains
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976881339
  • Publisher: Excelsior College Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,399,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony D'Aries is a recent graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program and the recipient of the 2010 PEN/New England Discovery Award in Nonfiction. He teaches writing and literacy in correctional facilities in Massachusetts.
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