Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood


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$17.99  $16.73
Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Frederick Joseph is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of The Black Friend (2020) and Patriarchy Blues (2022), as well as the author of Better Than We Found It (2022) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - The Courage to Dream (2022). He was recognized for the International Literacy Association's 2021 Children's & Young Adults' Book Award, is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list-maker for marketing and advertising, an activist, philanthropist, and a poet. Joseph was also honored with the 2023 Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Vanguard Award, the 2018 Comic-Con Humanitarian of the Year award, and is a member of the 2018 The Root list of "100 Most Influential African Americans."


"[A] scorching treatise on toxic masculinity. Joseph's critiques of "the patriarchy... both overt and ingrained" are razor-sharp, but it's the clear-eyed reckoning of his own place within it that tethers the soul of his book...This potent work makes a systemic issue immensely personal." -- Publishers Weekly

"In Patriarchy's Blues: Reflections on Manhood, Frederick Joseph deftly peels away the layers of innocence we all attempt to cling to when confronted with our own complicity in harmful paradigms, providing a blueprint for how we might be able to reclaim ourselves by replacing the horrors of domination with projects of radical compassion, empathy, vulnerability, and self-inventory--which is to say, finally become human. Joseph has learned a great deal from bell hooks here, and I think she would be proud because Patriarchy Blues is such a moving, inspiring, rigorous vision for living." -- Robert Jones, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of The Prophets.

"Patriarchy Blues is an incisive, provocative, and challenging call to action. Through his own turbulent and tender life story, Frederick T. Joseph shows us what patriarchy costs all of us and precisely what's at stake if we don't dismantle it. This book is pure fire, the forging kind, the healing kind." -- Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

"Frederick's perspective is poignant and necessary and the questions he poses about intersecting identities are stunningly urgent. In a world filled with despair, this book gives me hope." -- Liz Plank, author of For The Love of Men: From Toxic to Mindful Masculinity

Joseph covers a great deal of ground, taking on rape culture, White privilege, victim blaming, the rights of sex workers, and the fact that "the Black American experience is not monolithic," always returning to the intersectionality that governs how people are defined and, too often, oppressed... A well-reasoned, wide-ranging plea for a new conception of personhood and justice." -- Kirkus