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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What a gifted writer and teacher! - Goodreads
mccourt may be the most overrated writer alive. - Goodreads
Frank McCourt's writing didn't appeal to me. - Goodreads
McCourt is about as real a writer as I can imagine. - Goodreads

Review: Teacher Man (Frank McCourt #3)

User Review  - Linda George - Goodreads

What did I think of this book...and of his previous two books? Amazing. And the only way to "read" his books is to listen to him narrate his own story. What a gifted writer and teacher! I loved Mr ... Read full review

Review: Teacher Man (Frank McCourt #3)

User Review  - Russell Bittner - Goodreads

This is the second work of Frank McCourt's I've read (the other being Angela's Ashes, which I read and reviewed in September of last year). And since he chooses to call both of them 'memoirs,' I can ... 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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