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In this thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply personal book, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black gets (mostly) serious about the trouble with masculinity. In the form of a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son — but with ideas sure to resonate for many parents — he reveals his own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help his son be part of the solution, not the problem, in a world in which the word “masculinity” now goes hand in hand with “toxic.”
Part memoir, part advice book, Black delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men? A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son is for parents, yes, but it is also for anyone looking for a path forward as we navigate the complex gender issues of our time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and writer who started his career on MTV’s “The State” and has since created and starred in many TV shows and appeared in iconic movies, such as Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter. Black is the author of several award-winning books for children and adults. As a stand-up comedian, he regularly tours the country and has released comedy albums and podcasts including Mike & Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Topics with Michael Showalter. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
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