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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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

I'm not super pleased about it being an abridgement, but since the author is reading it, I'll have to assume she had a hand in how it was trimmed. Review: I'm really glad I read (listened) to this ... Read full review

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User Review  - vlcraven - LibraryThing

An enlightening account of what it really means to be a man in our society—the good and the bad. This book goes on my list of books everyone over 16 should read. I expected Vincent to be surprised by ... Read full review

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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