Teacher Man: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 19, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Here at last in paperback is Frank McCourt's critically acclaimed and bestselling book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises of teaching in public high schools. Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he works to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents.

For McCourt, storytelling itself is the source of salvation, and in Teacher Man the journey to redemption--and literary fame--is an exhilarating adventure.

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I'd love to have been in his Creative Writing class. - Goodreads
mccourt may be the most overrated writer alive. - Goodreads
What a gifted writer and teacher! - Goodreads
Frank McCourt's writing didn't appeal to me. - Goodreads
McCourt is about as real a writer as I can imagine. - Goodreads

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User Review  - callmejacx - LibraryThing

This is a "real" account of Frank McCourt as a teacher. It is his deep truth. He has opened his school door and allowed us in, to experience and feel what it was to be a teacher in his shoes up in ... Read full review

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User Review  - sbsolter - LibraryThing

I got Teacher Man from the library on my husband's request, and ended up reading it first! It is Frank McCourt's memoir of the 30 years he spent teaching in public high schools (and one community ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

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