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Teacher Man: A Memoir
Teacher Man A Memoir
Author: Frank McCourt
Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize -- winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York. — Now, here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited book about ho...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743243773
ISBN-10: 0743243773
Publication Date: 11/15/2005
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 212 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
A long awaited book about how his 30 yr.teaching career shaped his second career as a writer of Angela's Ashes and Tis. A tribute to teachers everywhere featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty. His unconventional methods leave a lasting impact on his students. Every bit as good as Angela's Ashes.
SouthWestZippy avatar reviewed Teacher Man: A Memoir on + 265 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I love teachers who think out of the box. What a unique man, he made his students stop and think in the moment and reach for a future. I love the Poems he used on High School students to make them reach into themselves and find a deeper meaning, like "Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them." The book was written in a down to earth, open and honest way.
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Helpful Score: 3
Frank Mccourt's story continues as he relates his experiences as a teacher in New york City. If you have read his other two books, you don't want to miss this one.
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Helpful Score: 3
As a retired teacher who can recognize most of the students depicted in McCourt's Memoir, I found his book both delightful and heart wrenching. I also was impressed with some of the teaching techniques that he employed-ones not found in a college education course. The reader also learns something about McCourt as a man as well as a teacher. I liked this book very much.
mimibottoms avatar reviewed Teacher Man: A Memoir on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The third installment in the autobiographical books of Frank McCourt. This one is geared totally toward his years of teaching... not too much about personal life or family, although there are snippets here and there. As usual, very entertaining and humorous. His take on life is very worth the read. I'd recommended reading his two previous books (Angela's Ashes and 'Tis) before this one.
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This book was as good as "Angela's Ashes"! I could not put it down.
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This is the 3rd of Frank McCourt's life story. The first was "Tis", which was a remarkable book. I enjoyed this one as much as the first.
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What a delightful read! Frank McCourt exhibits a wonderfully humorous view of teaching high school students with the humor extending to himself (the teacher). He includes many stories and incidents about himself, teaching, students and the classroom. I really like his style of writing. Found myself chuckling out loud as I read Teacher Man. Excellent read.
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Loved this memoir! His writing is effortless and the stories about his years teaching high school in NYC are funny and heartwarming. It also reminds teachers not to give up.
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Great story teller and very in-sightful
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So enjoyable! McCourt showed his impact on the students without bragging. What a diverse life he had. He made me want to be a teacher!
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I am puzzled by this book. The first paragraph stated McCourt's pride over having made something of himself after a terrible childhood. He then proceeds to tell the story of his teaching as part of this. He admits himself that he felt like a fraud much of the time. I can see why! Most of the anecdotes cover stories of his childhood and he admits to not having control over the students. (He seems to waver between intense pride and self loathing.) Although I enjoyed many of his anecdotes(the assignments to write a suicide note, a excuse note to God from Eve, and reading recipes to music), I spent a lot of time wondering how he could have been a wonderful teacher and had kids flocking to the classroom. I must assume that there is something key to McCourt's charming classroom manner that he left out.
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This book is a joy to listen to. It's installment 3 in the life of the author. The first installment "Angela's Ashes" won the Pulitzer Prize. I didn't think the second installment ('Tis) lived up to the promise of the first; in fact I didn't finish it because he seemed to spend a lot of time in self-pity. That's what motivated me to get this book on audio cd - I didn't want to spend the time reading it because I thought I wouldn't enjoy it. It was excellent, and probably benefitted a lot by being read by the author in a lovely Irish brogue. Well worth your time if you're at all interested in the life of a dedicated and inovative educator who spent thirty years in NYC high schools. The package includes a bonus disk containing early chapters from his first two books, read by the author.