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From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up Paperback – September 4, 2006
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Michael Gardner earned his M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary's College of California in 2005. His essays have appeared in various American literary journals, such as the Sonora Review and the Seneca Review. His essay, "The Competitive Lives of Gay Twins" was published in the anthology, From Boys to Men, (Carroll & Graf, 2006), which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Anthology.
Published in September 2012 by Flammarion, he collaborated with May Vervoordt on the content, text and interviews for the cookbook, At Home With May and Axel Vervoordt.
In addition to a Pushcart Prize nomination, his work has received recognition as a finalist for the New Letters Best Essay Award in 2006 and as a finalist for the 2006 Nonfiction Award from The Guild Literary Complex in Chicago. As a freelance writer, his work has been published in fashion and lifestyle magazines, as well as various art catalogs.
An extensive traveler, he was born and raised in Iowa and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., northeast England and Nagoya, Japan. He currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.
Top Customer Reviews
The editors include writers, some of them established, many of them publishing for the first time, with fascinating backgrounds: one writer whose parents tell him they are both gay ("Sleeping Eros" by Michael McAllister), another whose twin is also gay ("Competitive Lives of Gay Twins" by Michael Gardner), and finally one writer whose family lived in a converted school bus ("Aplysia californica" by Jason Tougaw).
The best essays in alphabetical order by author are "No Matter What Happens" (David Bahr), "Dick" (Alexander Chee), "Terrence" (Joe Jervis), and "Mom-Voice" by Vestal McIntyre. Chee writes with humor of his obsession from the age of eight with the male body and sex organ, both McIntyre and Bahr's essays are extremely moving accounts of a gay child's relationship with his mother, as is "Terrence," for that matter. Many of us have had a Terrence in our lives. Mine was "Daevid with and E.Read more ›
I thought I'd nearly forgotten them, but they're still with me. This book, with its highly readable essays, brought them back to me. But more than that, with every essay it brought back to me parts of the the boy that I was, introduced him to the man became, and let us finally finally embrace each other. Back then he wanted to know that everything would be turn out alright, like the boys in this book. Now I can assure him that it did.
The the rare book that can take you back to a time that wasn't necessarily a happy one when you lived through it, and not only make you want to go there but also make you want to linger. This is one of those rare books.
An honest piece of work put together by many of today's great writers. Definitely a recommended read.
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Many interesting recollections of growing up, well written. Their experiences may mirror some of your own. I enjoyed it immenselyPublished 2 months ago by Moonstruck216
It covers the subject fairly well and provides the viewpoints of many of those affected.Published 2 months ago by normxxx
I enjoyed most all the stories in this book. Very, very good So important to have a work like this out there I think.Published 24 months ago by So. Calif book reader