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Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

Written by Isaac Fitzgerald

Narrated by Isaac Fitzgerald


Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional

Written by Isaac Fitzgerald

Narrated by Isaac Fitzgerald

ratings:
4.5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Jul 19, 2022
ISBN:
9781696608299
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Tops many ‘must read’ lists…

Fitzgerald’s hopeful memoir traverses the globe as well as the emotional spectrum. From his childhood marred by poverty in New England to quests for enlightenment in Asia and Africa, each essay is an exercise in vulnerability. He explores topics like toxic masculinity and racism, ultimately proving that our pasts don’t define us and knowing oneself is an ongoing pursuit. “Dirtbag, Massachusetts” tops nearly every “must read” list of the summer and comes highly recommended by literary notables like Roxane Gay, Min Jin Lee, and Saeed Jones.

Description

"The best of what memoir can accomplish . . . pulling no punches on the path to truth, but it always finds the capacity for grace and joy." —Esquire, "Best Memoirs of the Year"



A Time Best Book of the Summer, a Rolling Stone Top Culture Pick, and more!



Isaac Fitzgerald has lived many lives. He's been an altar boy, a bartender, a fat kid, a smuggler, a biker, a prince of New England. But before all that, he was a bomb that exploded his parents' lives—or so he was told. In Dirtbag, Massachusetts, Fitzgerald, with warmth and humor, recounts his ongoing search for forgiveness, a more far-reaching vision of masculinity, and a more expansive definition of family and self.



Fitzgerald's memoir-in-essays begins with a childhood that moves at breakneck speed from safety to violence, recounting an extraordinary pilgrimage through trauma to self-understanding and, ultimately, acceptance. From growing up in a Boston homeless shelter to bartending in San Francisco, from smuggling medical supplies into Burma to his lifelong struggle to make peace with his body, Fitzgerald strives to take control of his own story: one that aims to put aside anger, isolation, and entitlement to embrace the idea that one can be generous to oneself by being generous to others. Gritty and clear-eyed, loud-hearted and beautiful, Dirtbag, Massachusetts is a rollicking book that might also be a lifeline.
Released:
Jul 19, 2022
ISBN:
9781696608299
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Isaac Fitzgerald appears frequently on The Today Show and is the author of the bestselling children's book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink and Knives & Ink (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.



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