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Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood
     

Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

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by Carlos Andres Gomez
 

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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 Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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.

From the Publisher
“Carlos Andrés Gómez delivers a powerful message with Man Up. This book will help you look inside and ask yourself not only what it truly means to be a man today, but also how you can become more connected to the collective consciousness. An important read that will create a much needed dialogue."
—Russell Simmons, author of the bestselling Success Through Stillness, Do You!, and Super Rich
 
“Carlos Andrés Gómez does not claim to have all the answers, but that's what's great about this book. He addresses the preconceived notions of manhood and masculinity that most people go their entire lives never questioning. Man Up is the result of a thoughtfully examined life; a book that will make us all more enlightened.”
—Hill Harper, author of the bestseller Letters to a Young Brother
 
“In recent decades, America has publicly wondered what it means to be a man in this day and age. As we've languished in our search for role models, the possibilities have been an endless series of contradictions. With Man Up we finally have the model—the man—we've been looking for.”
—Zach Wahls, author of the bestseller My Two Moms
 
“I think [Gómez’s writing] is wonderful…a strong, beautiful, smart voice.”
—Nikki Giovanni
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101595039
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
477,713
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for MAN UP: 

“Carlos Andrés Gómez delivers a powerful message with Man Up. This book will help you look inside and ask yourself not only what it truly means to be a man today, but also how you can become more connected to the collective consciousness. An important read that will create a much needed dialogue."
—Russell Simmons, author of the bestselling Do You! and Super Rich
 
“Carlos Andrés Gómez does not claim to have all the answers, but that's what's great about this book. He addresses the preconceived notions of manhood and masculinity that most people go their entire lives never questioning. Man Up is the result of a thoughtfully examined life; a book that will make us all more enlightened.”
—Hill Harper, author of the bestseller Letters to a Young Brother
 
“In recent decades, America has publicly wondered what it means to be a man in this day and age. As we've languished in our search for role models, the possibilities have been an endless series of contradictions. With Man Up we finally have the model—the man—we've been looking for.”
—Zach Wahls, author of the bestseller My Two Moms
 
“I think [Gómez’s writing] is wonderful…a strong, beautiful, smart voice.”
—Nikki Giovanni
 
 

Meet the Author

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, and writer. A former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx and a former public school teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan, Gomez has performed at over 200 colleges and universities and has toured across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he is a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion and two-time National Poetry Slam Finalist. He appeared on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam” and co-starred in Spike Lee’s film Inside Man alongside Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.

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Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WEB212 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.