Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Turnaround Summer" by Paul Hansen

"Turnaround Summer: How Real Men Launched a Lost Boy into Manhood" by Paul Hansen is a memoir written about exactly what the title implies. In its simplest form, this book is mostly meant for men to learn about old-fashioned masculinity. The chapters are broken down into organized sections that span time and family. Pictures are included in black and white to keep the feel of nostalgia there. Most occurrences written about involve the outdoors, heavy lifting, and interacting with wild animals. At the end of the book, there is even a poem included at the end about said adventures and a man's journey. At some points, Hansen even talks directly to the reader (assuming them to be fathers) and encourages them to spend more time with young boys who need role models [especially if those young boys happen to be their sons].

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