Teacher Man: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 19, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, mega-bestselling author who wore his celebrity with extraordinary grace comes a magnificently appealing book about teaching and about how one great storyteller found his voice.

Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now, here at last is McCourt's long-awaited 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 compelling honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faced in the classroom. Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he worked 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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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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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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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
57
Section 4
83
Section 5
91
Section 6
101
Section 7
129
Section 8
147
Section 9
183
Section 10
199
Section 11
254
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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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