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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Plain View Press (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935514903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935514909
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a keen eye for detail and nuance, [Messner] has written a subtle and moving book...What makes this book so moving and thoughtful are the connections between fathers and sons that Messner both ponders and experiences even as he defines a new culture of masculinity for himself and his own sons. Highly recommended.
     --Literary Mama.Com

About the Author

Michael A. Messner was born in Salinas, California, and educated from kindergarten to Ph.D. in California's once-great public schools. He lives in South Pasadena with sociologist and author Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, and they have two sons, Miles and Sasha. Since 1987 Messner has worked as a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. The author of several books, he teaches and speaks publicly on issues of gender-based violence, the lives of men and boys, and gender and sports. Plain View Press has released his new book, King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns.

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Michael A. Messner was born in Salinas, California, and educated from kindergarten to Ph.D. in California's once-great public schools. He lives in South Pasadena with sociologist and author Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, and they have two sons, Miles and Sasha. Since 1987 Messner has worked as a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. The author of several books, he teaches and speaks publicly on issues of gender-based violence, the lives of men and boys, and gender and sports. Plain View Press has released his new book, King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Dekker on June 13, 2011
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A beautifully told and moving story of a classic American family. The author's grandfather, "Gramps," a World War I vet, gives his son a "special gift" of a rifle for Christmas, 1934 along with a letter full of happiness and pride but carefully admonishing his son to "Never point it at anybody. Always make sure it is unloaded when not in use." The author's father passes the tradition along to his own son, who, when he finally kills a deer, vows that he will never, ever shoot another one. Along the way we meet the mothers, sisters, and dogs of the author's childhood and receive more useful advice such as "be sure to dry your heads good before you go outside" (from "Dad," a high school football coach.)
The book includes several sweet and evocative photos of life in the 40's through the 70's and ends with a heartfelt and hopeful letter to the author's two sons. Despite very different upbringings, Messner manages to pass on a legacy of affection, love and "manhood" to his own boys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ty Geltmaker on June 30, 2011
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Mike Messner has written an elegiac story of men and boys hunting, then giving up the gun. It's as simple as that, but even better in the details of his growing up in Salinas during the "Davey Crockett" years of the 1950s. This memoir of "fathers, sons, and guns" will resonate with anyone who was ever taken hunting and then decided it was not for them, even if there remains an affection for the unstated love implicit in the rituals of the hunt. As a kind of "Bildungsroman"/coming of age story, the book will also be a good read for active hunters who follow the sacred rules Messner was taught by his dad and his beloved "Gramps." The book moves in two directions, reflecting on the author's past while ruminating also on his own sons' identities as caring men and his relationship with them. The women in this deeply humane story are always there, though Messner's focus is on the male dynamics of the extended family. And if you've ever been a dog's best friend, this memoir will befriend you. At just 150 pages this memoir is gone before you know it; but then it lingers, as if you have just sifted through a well-kept family photo album.
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By nanpark on October 29, 2013
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This was an iInteresting and informative memoir of family relationships in general. Specifically, I enjoyed the stories of members of my family.
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