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The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood Paperback – September 8, 2009
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This collection of essays isn't about what women think about good men, however, or how women define goodness in a man. It is about what men think about being a good man. And rightly so, because being a good man begins with the man himself, with his taking more than a moment of introspection to consider what this means. Editor James Houghton, in fact, writes that just asking the question is the seed of being a good man.
As one of the editors, Tom Matlack, states in the prologue--"manhood is at a crossroads in America." Companion editor James Houghton writes in his prologue: "Might there be something meaningful in gathering a diverse group of men to write essays about difficult or challenging times in their lives and what they had learned from those experiences? Though I had nothing but anecdotal evidence to draw upon, it seemed that the men of our generation spend a lot of time struggling to balance the competing interests of achieving professional success and being good husbands and partners and fathers and sons. And unlike women, who are much better socialized to talk about how these same pressures affect them, we tend to keep those burdens to ourselves.Read more ›
Steve Almond contributes a breathtakingly candid essay about his runaway masculinity, warts and all, concluding with a realistic redemption through his devotion to his son. John Oliver's magical piece portrays a white man attending a funeral in a black church several years after his daughter's death, in an unexplained link that I found very moving.
Norm Appel bares the soul of a drug-troubled family in which one son dies and the other nearly follows suit, eventually rebuilding his life around helping drug addicts through interventions. Stuart Horwitz plays music on the streets with his daughter and practices non-attachment.
After Rolf Gates's sister dies, he tries to keep everything the same despite his daughter's subsequent birth until he starts meditating and comes to own the changes in his life. Christopher Koehler shares with us his success by the skin of his teeth at fatherhood, snatching the good life from a near-suicide and his emotional neglect of his son.
Kent George relates to us a surprisingly tender story of a boy who doesn't like to fight.Read more ›
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Wasn't exactly sure what to expect before I started reading this book. Was it going to be a self-help type deal or a critique of modern guys and how we're doing it all wrong? Read morePublished 6 months ago by APBricker
An extraordinary point of view of life seen and felt by men. Too often women ask each other about men. Why not to ask men abot men? Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Mrs. Mona
This book is a nice piece for self-reflection as a father, mentor, man, human. If you find inspiration from reading others' stories, these are some nice ones.Published on March 3, 2013 by W. Lucas
I was so excited to read this book because us men need a new dialogue about what it means to be a man ... but this book isn't it. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by craig
I've always thought men were simple creatures with simple needs. Now, thanks to The Good Men Project, I have been given more of a sneak peek into men's thoughts and feelings. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Mandy
The Good Men Project is a realistic portrayal of various kinds of men in modern society. There are so many self-help books for women these days and now there's GMP for men. Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Kui Yun
What does it mean to be a "good man"? Each of the works in this collection cooperate perfectly with one another to contribute to this ongoing conversation. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by justlees
Jesse Kornbluth writes an excellent chapter in the Good Men Project. I purchased three copies: Kindle plus hard cover editions for friends. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by dianaskylark