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King of the Wild Suburb: A memoir of fathers, sons and guns Paperback – April 15, 2011
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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.
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,
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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.