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Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

by Isaac Fitzgerald
Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

by Isaac Fitzgerald

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An extraordinary memoir of a bruised child become a lost young man, looking for "home," emerging through the maelstrom of family missteps, finding that the people who hurt and the people who heal are often one in the same. Easy to sink wholly into the language — hard-edged and resonant, funny, tender, and a tad rough — with distant echoes of This Boy’s Life and Empire Falls.

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“The best of what memoir can accomplish... pulling no punches on the path to truth, but it always finds the capacity for grace and joy.” –Esquire, "Best Memoirs of the Year"

A TIME Best Book of the Summer * A Rolling Stone Top Culture Pick * A Publishers Weekly Best Memoir of the Season * A Buzzfeed Book Pick * A Goodreads Readers' Most Anticipated Book * A Chicago Tribune Book Pick * A Boston.com Book You Should Read * A Los Angeles Times Book to Add to Your Reading List * An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Month * A 2022 New England Book Award Finalist


Isaac Fitzgerald has lived many lives. He's been an altar boy, a bartender, a fat kid, a smuggler, a biker, a prince of New England. But before all that, he was a bomb that exploded his parents’ lives—or so he was told. In Dirtbag, Massachusetts, Fitzgerald, with warmth and humor, recounts his ongoing search for forgiveness, a more far-reaching vision of masculinity, and a more expansive definition of family and self.

Fitzgerald’s memoir-in-essays begins with a childhood that moves at breakneck speed from safety to violence, recounting an extraordinary pilgrimage through trauma to self-understanding and, ultimately, acceptance. From growing up in a Boston homeless shelter to bartending in San Francisco, from smuggling medical supplies into Burma to his lifelong struggle to make peace with his body, Fitzgerald strives to take control of his own story: one that aims to put aside anger, isolation, and entitlement to embrace the idea that one can be generous to oneself by being generous to others.

Gritty and clear-eyed, loud-hearted and beautiful, Dirtbag, Massachusetts is a rollicking book that might also be a lifeline.



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ISBN-13: 9781635573978
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/19/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 15,277
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Isaac Fitzgerald appears frequently on The Today Show and is the author of the bestselling children's book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink and Knives & Ink (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

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