King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns

King of the Wild Suburb A Memoir of Fathers Sons and Guns Michael Messner already known for his nuanced explorations of masculinities in sport here humanely explores the evolving often confusing dynamics of masculinities between three generations of boys

  • Title: King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Guns
  • Author: Michael A. Messner
  • ISBN: 9781935514909
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michael Messner, already known for his nuanced explorations of masculinities in sport, here humanely explores the evolving, often confusing dynamics of masculinities between three generations of boys and men This candid memoir will make engrossing reading for both seasoned scholars and newcomers to gender studies Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo s War, Emma s War Making FeMichael Messner, already known for his nuanced explorations of masculinities in sport, here humanely explores the evolving, often confusing dynamics of masculinities between three generations of boys and men This candid memoir will make engrossing reading for both seasoned scholars and newcomers to gender studies Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo s War, Emma s War Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War For decades, feminist scholars, memoirists, and novelists have explored the lineaments of mother daughter relationships, yet the world of fathers and sons has garnered relatively little attention In his closely observed memoir, King of the Wild Suburb, noted Gender Studies scholar Michael Messner opens up the affective terrain between fathers and sons, and in the process deepens and complicates our understanding of masculinity Alice Echols, author of Hot Stuff Disco and the Remaking of American Culture Michael Messner s reflections on coming of age in the pivotal Sixties deftly captures the fault lines that separated so many young men and women from the lives of their parents and grandparents It was, perhaps, easier for young women to rebel and choose careers over homemaking than it was for young men to opt out of a culture that made war, guns, and hunting the anchors of manhood King of the Wild Suburb helps us understand how masculinity has changed, albeit still precariously, making it possible to maintain a fidelity to one s past while passing on to the next generation a freedom to explore new ways to be a man Jan E Dizard, author of Mortal Stakes Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America

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    1. I have always been a walking contradiction and a true life lesson in NOT judging a book by its cover. On the outside, I strike people as a larger than life, manly-man, with rugged looks and stature. On the inside, I am really a pensive, spiritual, passive soul. Growing up I always danced with expected views from culture and struggled with fitting in. It wasn't until much later in my adult life that I dashed all thoughts of fitting in against the rocks and began dancing to my own tunes. Now when [...]

    2. Messner's thoughtful and touching memoir begins in 1973 with his last hunting trip with his father, a tradition connecting three generations of Messner men. A self-ascribed "twenty-one-year old commie peacenik" with long hair and an aversion to guns, he seems an unlikely addition to the hunting group full of conservative ideals. But their hunt, he notes, is about much more than bucks and bragging rights; it is about what it means to be a man and how to connect with other men in a society that "a [...]

    3. FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA! A beautifully told and moving story of a classic American family. The author's grandfather, "Gramps," a World War I vet, gives his son a "special gift" of a rifle for Christmas, 1934 accompanied by a letter full of happiness and pride but carefully admonishing his son to "Never point it at anybody. Always make sure it is unloaded when not in use." The author's father passes the tradition to his own son who, when he finally kills a deer, vows that he will "never, ever" sho [...]

    4. This is not a book I would nrmally pick up. Fathers, sons and guns do not really interest me. However, I remembered this book from and after thumbing through it, I was intrigued.This is a wonderful book with very relatable family experiences. It is very well written and an easy quick read. The loss of parents and changing family dynamics are something that everyone will one day experience.Many of the observations about men and their motivations is very enlightening. This book highlights the con [...]

    5. A good memoir, and it reads fast. This is the first assigned book for the American Masculinity class I'm taking this semester, and our professor asked us to read it with our own father-child relationship in mind. Which is great except I'm a girl and we didn't have anything like the hunting trips together. Most of my dad and me memories involve being on the lake for family vacation. I can relate to Messner's lament about fathers spending more time on public life, despite the shining memories you [...]

    6. This is an amazing tale of the relationships shared between the men of the family. I loved the fact that you really know that this book is about the authors life. Although, being female, I do not share this bond shown of the men in the family, I was still able to connect to the family aspects portrayed and most of all, the relationships with the family pets. Also since I am a female, this book taught me about the bonds that men share and gave me a new insight into how men think and want to portr [...]

    7. I really really enjoyed this book. I didn't think I was going to - it far surpassed what I expected from it. His style is easy-going but not simplistic, and the photos are wonderful! Highly recommend this book.

    8. If you grew up in the 50's/60's you will totally relate to this book. It is well written, it flows so easily, and has heart and humor.d a few lessons for all of us

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