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Thomas Page McBee Books In Order

Publication Order of Memoirs

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Thomas Page McBee

An extremely passionate and powerful voice, the American writer Thomas Page McBee definitely has something to say. Writing about subjects such as masculinity in modern culture, he has also written extensively about sports, with himself being an active participant in the boxing community. Boxing in Madison Square Garden, he was the first ever trans-man to take part in the event there, a pioneering spirit which can also be found within his work too. Producing material for a variety of different publications, he is well respected throughout the literary establishment, saying something new and interesting. With an ever engaging style, he really grabs the reader’s attention almost immediately, saying what he wants to say in a very clear and direct manner.

Over the years he has written for publications such as Buzzfeed and Vice, producing work that breaks down fundamental aspects of masculinity. This has included learning how to box in order to gain a firmer understanding of violence and what it means in relation to masculinity as a concept. Teaching his craft as well, he has taught in various institutions and establishments, always willing to impart his knowledge and his craft to others. Publishing memoirs as well, he manages to give a unique insight into his own personal perspective, allowing readers to gain a different look at the themes and ideas presented. Definitely one to watch in the years to come, he will continue to produce work for a long time yet, as his writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Early and Personal Life

Growing up Thomas Page McBee would always show a keen interest in writing, clearly with something to say. This would progress throughout the years, especially as he would come to learn more about his own identity and how he saw himself. Over the years this has come to shape a large amount of his material with his backlog of work, creating the style that he currently has today. Learning to write, he would adopt a direct and straight-forward tone, one which would quickly capture the attention of many around him. Seeking inspiration for his own novels and memoirs, he would come find himself, providing a unique insight into his mindset.

Commenting on gender and how he sees it, McBee would become a powerful voice on the subject, offering an insight quite unlike any other. Teaching various courses too, he has appeared at places such as City University of New York, speaking at their graduate school of journalism there. This has allowed him to speak publicly to others, whilst also developing his own style and tone in the process too. Writing for television shows too, he has also written for the Netflix show ‘Tales of the City’, providing another medium for his voice as well. Currently living in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, he continues to write on a regular basis, with plenty more to come yet.

Writing Career

Bringing out his first book, ‘Man Alive’, in 2014, McBee would make his debut onto the literary scene with considerable impact. Writing a memoir of his early years, he would essentially provide readers with a window into his past and who he was growing up. Later he would follow this up with the title ‘Amateur’ in 2018, which would also be a memoir, offering his experience taking part in a boxing fight. All of this would help to illuminate who he was and where he came from as an individual, along with an insight into the societal expectations of gender and what identity means. Not focusing on writing series as such, he would opt for more self-contained titles, looking at stand-alone novels.

Producing work for other publications too, he would also write for Vice, Playboy, Glamour and the New York Times. All of these would provide him with a high amount of status prior to writing long-form novels and memoirs of his own. Later going on to win a number of awards too, he continues to enjoy this status to this day, with a lot more planned on the horizon in the near future.

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man

Initially released through the ‘City Lights Publishers’ label, this would first come out on the 18th of August in 2014, marking the first title from McBee as an author. Setting up his career as a writer, it works as a stand-alone memoir, ultimately encapsulating his experiences growing up and finding himself. Providing the reader with a sense of what’s to come from the author in the future too, it really works at giving them an idea of the forthcoming books too.

Looking to transition into becoming a man himself, McBee attempts to make sense of his own past and identity, seeing how the men in his life shaped him. With a father who abused him as a child, along with a mugger who made a threat on his life, he seeks to gain a deeper understanding of what masculinity has meant to him. Using a personal perspective, he aims to tell his story in an attempt to provide a greater level of insight both in himself and those who read it. A transformative title, it manages to provide a learning experience quite unlike any other for the reader, staying with them long after they’ve put the book down.

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

This time published through the Scribner publishing outlet, this title provides another memoir from the author Thomas Page McBee. Published on the 2nd of August in 2018, it really does offer a satisfying continuation of the themes of the first novel from McBee. It also displays a clear development of him and his ideas, providing a clear sense of progression for his many interesting themes.

Providing further insight into the experiences and life of the author Thomas Page McBee, this looks at his time training for a charity boxing fight in Madison Square Garden. Seeing the world through his eyes, it studies his time spent in the boxing community, as he comes to understand his own identity and what masculinity means to him. Studying his relationship to violence, he breaks down how he deals with this in a clear and engaging manner for the reader. Deconstructing stereotypes and giving a precise analysis of masculinity and gender, this title is a definite must for anyone hoping to learn more on this fascinating subject matter.

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