Self-made Man: One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man

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Penguin Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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A journalist's provocative and spellbinding account of her eighteen months spent disguised as a man

Norah Vincent became an instant media sensation with the publication of Self-Made Man, her take on just how hard it is to be a man, even in a man's world. Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me), Norah spent a year and a half disguised as her male alter ego, Ned, exploring what men are like when women aren't around. As Ned, she joins a bowling team, takes a high-octane sales job, goes on dates with women (and men), visits strip clubs, and even manages to infiltrate a monastery and a men's therapy group. At once thought- provoking and pure fun to read, Self-Made Man is a sympathetic and thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism.

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Review: Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again

User Review  - Marti Dahlquist - Goodreads

There are a few moments in the book that are interesting insights that the author shares that come solely from her deceptive practices. She does have a few bits and pieces that made me think. The ... Read full review

Review: Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again

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A fascinating look at how the other half lives. Lots of interesting insight. Something I've found very helpful at work. I liked the honesty and the clarity it provided and that it made me question how ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Norah Vincent is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Self-Made Man." Previously, she wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the "Los Angeles Times." Her work has also appeared in "The New York Times," "The New Republic," "The Village Voice," and "The Washington Post." She lives in New York City.

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