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Punch Me Up to the Gods
Broome, Brian
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Book, 2021
Playful, poignant and wholly original, this coming-of-age memoir about Blackness, masculinity and addiction follows the author, a poet and screenwriter, as he recounts his experiences, revealing a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. --
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BRIAN BROOME is an award-winning writer, poet, and screenwriter, and K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing an MFA. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition…Read more
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Broome, Brian
African American authors — Biography
African American gay men — Biography.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021., ©2021
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Broome (Writing Program, Univ. of Pittsburgh) has written a compelling memoir bursting at the seams with raw power. From the first line--"Whatever it was, I already knew by 10 years old that I didn't have it"--Broome asserts his…Read more
Publishers Weekly
Broome debuts with a magnificent and harrowing memoir that digs into the traumas of growing up Black and gay in Ohio in the late 1970s and early '80s. His reflections jump between locations and times, which Broome organizes into…Read more

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Jun 23, 2021
Lovely writing. I believe this book should be required reading for every American. The pressure that is placed on young black boys to be tough is incredible.
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