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“A Heart-Wrenching Truth...”

This National Book Award-winning memoir, written after the author contracted HIV, is an honest, heart-wrenching look at the freedom to love & the right to life.
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Paul Monette’s National Book Award–winning memoir hailed as a classic coming-out story

Paul Monette grew up all-American, Catholic, overachieving . . . and closeted. As a child of the 1950s, a time when a kid suspected of being a “homo” would routinely be beaten up, Monette kept his secret throughout his adolescence. He wrestled with his sexuality for the first thirty years of his life, priding himself on his ability to “pass” for straight. The story of his journey to adulthood and to self-acceptance with grace and honesty, this intimate portrait of a young man’s struggle with his own desires is witty, humorous, and deeply felt.

Before his death of complications from AIDS in 1995, Monette was an outspoken activist crusading for gay rights. Becoming a Man shows his courageous path to stand up for his own right to love and be loved.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Topics: LGBTQ, Coming Out, HIV/AIDS, Heartfelt, Creative Nonfiction, and Civil and Political Rights

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ISBN: 9781480473867
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