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When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing he would not be attending college, as young basketball stars his age were expected to do, but would rather enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball stars to jump right into the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year. Over that ten-year span, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the past few decades-Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable busts, players like Darius Miles, who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pros generation. Now that many of those players like Kobe and Garnett have concluded their careers, this is the perfect moment to revisit them and tell the definitive story of their era. Award-winning basketball writer Jonathan Abrams has obtained full access to all of the key players, coaches, and media personnel from that time, and he's written a book that is packed with rare insights and never-before-published details about this chapter in NBA history. Boys Among Menwill be a must-buy title for any basketball fan.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Jonathan Abrams
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Release: 2017-03-14
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780804139274

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Sheds new light on the popular but controversial move to charge, try, and sentence juvenile offenders as adults.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: David L. Myers
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2005
File: 193 Pages
ISBN-13: 0275982548

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A growing number of young men today say they are “mostly straight” and yet feel a slight but enduring desire for men. Ritch Savin-Williams explores the stories of 40 mostly straight young men to help us understand the biological, psychological, and cultural forces that are loosening the sexual bind many boys and young men experience.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Ritch C. Savin-Williams
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release: 2017-11-13
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780674981041

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Top student. Top basketball player. Yet taunted, jeered at, despised. Because he’s poor. Because he’s fatherless. When Ayush, an Indian-Chinese street kid, gets accepted into Singapore’s most prestigious boys’ school, he thinks he can start life afresh. No one will know of his shady past, not when his newfound friend is but a fat, bumbling and innocent boy by the name of Lasso. Lasso’s just like him, another basketball maniac. But Lasso has something Ayush doesn’t – a father...and the beautiful Ariel, a “mermaid” acting in a school play. When Ayush’s dangerous past comes hurtling back to torment him, he unwittingly gets his friends involved with gangsters. let his jealousy get in the way of saving Lasso and Ariel? Thomas Titans Book I: Men Among Boys is a moving coming-ofagetale with an unusual cast of characters.

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Author: Adeline Foo
Publisher: Om Books International
Release: 2013
File: 186 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789382607564

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The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century. But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.

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Author: Jonathan Abrams
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Release: 2019-02-12
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780451498151

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"The tone is personal, the subject matter timely and contemporary. At turns moving, funny, poignant, and haunting, Among Men is an insightful diary about talking man to man."--Voice Literary Supplement

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Tobin Siebers
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release: 2015-08-01
File: 117 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780803294745

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The definitive portrait of Kobe Bryant, from the author of Michael Jordan. "Lazenby's detailed research and fantastic writing paint a complex, engaging picture of one of the NBA's greats." (Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk, NBC Sports) Eighteen-time All-Star, scorer of 81 points in a single game, MVP, and one of the best shooting guards in NBA league history: Kobe Bryant is among basketball's absolute greatest players, and his importance to the sport is undeniable. Third on the NBA career scoring list and owner of five championship rings, he is an undisputed all-time great, one deserving of this deep and definitive biography. Even within the flashiest franchise in all of sports--the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played his entire career--Bryant always took center stage, and his final game captivated the basketball world, indeed the country. Roland Lazenby delves deep to look behind this public image, using classic basketball reporting and dozens of new interviews to reveal the whole picture, from Bryant's childhood through his playing years. Showboat is filled with large personalities and provocative stories, including details of Bryant's complicated personal life and explosive relationships on the court, and is a riveting and essential read for every hoops fan.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Roland Lazenby
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release: 2016-10-25
File: 640 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780316387279

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Generation of Men is a how-to guide for fathers struggling to connect or reconnect with their sons, designed to provide immediate help and hope to both fathers and to sons.

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Author: Clayton Lessor
Publisher:
Release: 2019-01-31
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 0996360735

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“Not only is this book the best sort of true-crime writing, but it is also a stunning exploration of the concept of manhood in America” (Sebastian Junger, New YorkTimes–bestselling author of War). Through six detailed accounts of murders involving gay men, American Honor Killings examines the facts of cases that are too often politicized, sensationalized, or simply ignored. David McConnell researched killings from small-town Alabama to San Quentin’s death row, and here recounts both notorious and lesser-known crimes. We may tend to think these stories involve either the perpetrator’s internal struggle over his own identity or a victim’s fatally miscalculated proposition. They’re almost never that simple. These riveting narratives reveal how different factors played into each case, among them ideas and beliefs about masculinity. Together, they form a secret American history of rage and desire. In each story, victims, murderers, friends, and relatives come breathtakingly alive. The result is a true-crime book of unusual power, depth, and psychological insight—“a journalistic tour de force made all the more impressive by jailhouse interviews” (Publishers Weekly). “A masterpiece of reportage . . . At turns heartbreaking and terrifying . . . If Truman Capote were alive today, he would die of envy. David McConnell has taken the mantle of great American nonfiction writer.” —Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill

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Genre: True Crime
Author: David McConnell
Publisher: Akashic Books
Release: 2013-03-05
File: 258 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781617751530

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Homosexuality is often seen as a purely urban experience, far removed from rural and small-town life. Farm Boys undermines that cliche by telling the stories of more than three dozen gay men, ranging in age from 24 to 84, who grew up in farm families in the midwestern United States. Whether painful, funny, or matter-of-fact, these plain-spoken accounts will move and educate any reader, gay or not, from farm or city. “When I was fifteen, the milkman who came to get our milk was beautiful. This is when I was really getting horny to do something with another guy. I waited every day for him to come. I couldn’t even talk to him, couldn’t think of anything to say. I just stood there, watching him, wondering if he knew why.”—Henry Bauer, Minnesota “When I go back home, I feel a real connection with the land—a tremendous feeling, spiritual in a way. It makes me want to go out into a field and take my shoes off and put my feet right on the dirt, establish a real physical connection with that place. I get homesick a lot, but I don’t know if I could ever go back there and live. It’s not the kind of place that would welcome me if I lived openly, the way that I would like to live. I would be shunned.”—Martin Scherz, Nebraska “If there is a checklist to see if your kid is queer, I must have hit every one of them—all sorts of big warning signs. I was always interested in a lot of the traditional queen things—clothes, cooking, academics, music, theater. A farm boy listening to show tunes? My parents must have seen it coming.”—Joe Shulka, Wisconsin “My favorite show when I was growing up was ‘The Waltons’. The show’s values comforted me, and I identified with John-Boy, the sensitive son who wanted to be a writer. He belonged there on the mountain with his family, yet he sensed that he was different and that he was often misunderstood. Sometimes I still feel like a misfit, even with gay people.”—Connie Sanders, Illinois “Agriculture is my life. I like working with farm people, although they don’t really understand me. When I retire I want the word to get out [that I’m gay] to the people I’ve worked with—the dairy producers, the veterinarians, the feed salesmen, the guys at the co-ops. They’re going to be shocked, but their eyes are going to be opened.”—James Heckman, Indiana

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Will Fellows
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Release: 1998-03-15
File: 360 Pages
ISBN-13: 0299150836

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