Other Men's Sons
by Michael Rowe
ISBN 9781897151013 | ISBN 9781770862692 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB with French Flaps | $22.95
Categories:Non-Fiction - Creative/Essays/Letters, Gay and Lesbian
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SynopsisWinner of the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction
Looking for Brothers, Michael Rowe's first essay collection (1999), won international critical acclaim, heralding the arrival of one of the most perceptive and insightful journalist essayists writing on popular culture and gay themes today. Other Men's Sons contains the best of his creative non-fiction written between 2000 and 2005. The journalism includes profiles of the coming-out story of Playgirl magazine's 30th anniversary centerfold, Scott Merritt; Philip Ing, creative director of the legendary MAC Cosmetics AIDS fundraiser, Fashion Cares; and exclusive interviews with diverse trailblazers, from openly gay horror superstar Clive Barker, to firebrand minister and gay rights activist The Reverend Brent Hawkes. The personal essays cover a range of subjects including the power of erotica, the beauty of men, the real reason for gay marriage, and the importance of the chosen family; these will resonate with many readers, gay and straight alike. The collection ends with a powerful autobiographical essay, "My Life As a Girl," which is a meditation on the author's unique childhood.
"Rowe's insightful studies blur the lines between gay and straight to compelling and provocative effect ... Other Men's Sons leads the reader to reflect upon not only what it means to be a gay man, but what it means to be fully human."
— Quill and Quire
"Thoughtful and witty."
— Fab Magazine
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