Amateur by Thomas Page McBee

amateurIn his memoir Amateur, Thomas Page McBee tackles the masculinity crisis and toxic masculinity, drawing from his own experiences as a trans man. McBee’s insights complement the works of both Julia Serano and BrenĂ© Brown.

If you’re like me and the thought of reading about boxing makes your eyes glaze over, don’t worry – it’s honestly not too bad, and he connects it to broader, truly important points. This was so compelling that I listened to the audiobook straight through.

Even though I was left feeling grieved at the end, I also had a lot of points to mull over, things I’d never considered before. Amateur is the kind of book that sparks compassion, encourages discussion, and effects change.