Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Fitzgerald's memoir-in-essays is not just a recap of a wild life—a poor kid at a outrageously wealthy private school, struggles with drugs and alcoholism, working the bar scene in California, time spent doing illegal aid work in Burma, six months at Kink.com—but a fascinating recount of a conscious decision to break from toxic masculinity and bad habits, and an examination of how to find purpose and joy in life. Worth a read, and an easy gift to give the man in your life who needs a bonk on the head because he's Too Cool for feelings.

— Nicole


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798885785761
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: January 25th, 2023
Language: English