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Dirtbag, Massachusetts : a confessional / Isaac Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, Isaac, (author.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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2 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 921 FIT (Text) 33500013637152 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781635573978
  • ISBN: 1635573971
  • Physical Description: x, 242 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Family stories -- Forgive me -- Confessions of a former former fat kid -- The true story of my teenage fight club -- Dirtbag, Massachusetts -- Hold steady -- Home -- Maybe I could die this way -- The armory -- High for the holidays -- When your barber assumes you're a racist, too -- My story.
Summary, etc.:
"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."--Book jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 June #1
    To get a sense of the life Fitzgerald limns in this thoughtful collection of personal essays, consider some of these sentences: "I had been drinking and doing drugs since I was twelve;" "I was committing low-level health insurance fraud;" "I loved bars from the moment I first drank in one at fourteen;" "the first time I thought about killing myself, I was maybe ten or twelve." As all of these suggest, Fitzgerald has had a, well, colorful life. For starters, he had a horrible childhood in Massachusetts, which he escaped, at least in part, when he received a full scholarship to a tony eastern boarding school. He's spent his life since toggling between coasts, mostly in New York and San Francisco, where his favorite bar, called the Zeitgeist, is located and where he worked for several years as a bouncer. It was also in San Francisco that he appeared in pornographic films. But he is now, at 38, a fine and compelling writer, as these vivid essay evidence. All that's missing is a piece about his becoming a writer. Maybe next time? Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Fitzgerald, Isaac.
New England > Social conditions > Anecdotes.
Coming of age > Humor.
Conduct of life > Humor.
Coming of age.
Conduct of life.
Social conditions.
New England.
Genre: Anecdotes.
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