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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norah Vincent Narrator: Norah Vincent Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider. The result is a sympathetic, shrewd, and thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism that's destined to challenge preconceptions and attract enormous attention.

With her buddies on the bowling league she enjoyed the rough and rewarding embrace of male camaraderie undetectable to an outsider. A stint in a high-octane sales job taught her the gut-wrenching pressures endured by men who would do anything to succeed. She frequented sex clubs, dated women hungry for love but bitter about men, and infiltrated all-male communities as hermetically sealed as a men's therapy group, and even a monastery.

Narrated in her utterly captivating prose style and with exquisite insight, humor, empathy, nuance, and at great personal cost, Norah uses her intimate firsthand experience to explore the many remarkable mysteries of gender identity as well as who men are apart from and in relation to women. Far from becoming bitter or outraged, Vincent ended her journey astounded, and exhausted, by the rigid codes and rituals of masculinity. Having gone where no woman (who wasn't an aspiring or actual transsexual) has gone for any significant length of time, let alone 18 months, Norah Vincent's surprising account is an enthralling audio experience and a revelatory piece of anecdotally based gender analysis that is sure to spark fierce and fascinating conversation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scoobs-buddy | 2/9/2014

    " Wasn't bad but maybe could've been better- I don't know. I found parts interesting & some of it seemed to drag- 2 thumbs up to Norah Vincent tho - took balls to do what she did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adrienne | 1/25/2014

    " Well, I didn't actually just read this--just flipped through it again. But Norah/Ned deserve so much credit for their insight into gender. It might just be the most revelatory book I've read on the opposite gender and superficially transitioning. Great, great read and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margaret Aiken | 1/19/2014

    " I read this book five years ago. I remember enjoying it at the time and going to hear Norah speak at a book reading in San Francisco. I also vaguely remember asking her a good question about a point that she makes in the book and that she sidestepped instead of answering it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christina Gulledge | 1/8/2014

    " Overall, I'm glad that I read the book because now I feel more informed and education is good. However, I agree with Becky Roda's comment that this write-up should've been in a magazine article or three, not a 200+ page book. "

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